I am still looking into alternatives to ipads and am thinking about Google. An Ipad in Argentina costs, at the current official exchange rate, up to three times the price of its US equivalent, so other options have to be explored…
Google apps is a good place to start. I like the idea of getting away from a “system” and working towards building a school cloud and this could be a great fast route there. In addition to the apps, and not wanting to be a big advert for Google, the Google in Education site and its associated Google academy, appears to be a support and guidance network I could use.
This has lesson plans, training courses and general advice for the teacher wanting to integrate Google apps into the classroom.
In connection with this, I am trying to read as much as I can on the Google chrome book. Here is a link to a journalist, who has put this to the test:
Finally, I was looking around for 1:1 resources and came across this report on PBS.org:
In short, the clip talks about the revolutionary role that using laptops has made to the motivation and engagement of kids at a failing Middle school in the USA. As well as looking at the practicalities of teaching and learning using Google technology, it also raises important issues about the need for education systems to modernize, the differences in learning styles between today’s students and today’s teachers, moving the classroom in favor of the student and the 21C skill that is multitasking.