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Developing a Learning Community For One Laptop Per Child Implementation

In this TICALevision episode, George Lieux, Technology Integration Specialist at Fort Smith Public Schools in Fort Smith, Arkansas shares a program that was recently implemented in the district. Several classrooms, from 2nd grade to 12th grade, received a mini-notebook (UMPC) for every student in the classroom. As the lead technology professional development trainer, George highlights how he trains the teachers virtually to model the use of the laptops and to promote project-based learning.

Quick Takes: Mini-Notebooks

This 4-minute Quick Take was created by Susan Brooks-Young. Susan gives an overview of mini-notebooks and how they are used. She provides other resources to assist you in developing best practices for using these cost-effective mini computers.

Apps for Administrators

This wiki page lists apps reviewed during the mini-session called I Have an iPad. Now What? Apps for Administrators. This virtual session was presented on November 3, 2011 for attendees at the ACSA Conference in Sacramento, CA.

Beyond Apps: Creating Content Using an iPad

This wiki page includes a list of apps and other resources that were highlighted during a virtual mini-session sponsored by TICAL during an ACSA Conference in Sacramento, CA. The focus of the session was ways educators and students can use their iPads to not just consume content, but to create it as well.

Mini Computers for Every Student in the Classroom

In this Radio TICAL episode, Arkansas cadre members Harry Dickens, John Calaway, and Jim Yeager speak to George Lieux, an Arkansas cadre member and technology integration specialist at Forth Smith Public Schools about his districts one laptop per child program including how it was funded, how the district provided professional development, how teachers have changed the way they teach, and how the program will be expanded in the future.

Systemic Improvement Using Netbooks - Part 1 of 2

Fort Smith Public Schools in Fort Smith, AR, implemented a 1:1 program with netbooks in several junior high and high school classrooms to create a more student-centered and project-based focus. Spearheaded by the districtís Professional Development Center, emphasis was first placed on changing the pedagogical paradigm. In this first of two part TICALevision episode, professional development director, Dr. Kathleen Cates, discusses the intensive professional development program, teachers share how the netbooks (mini laptops) encourage student engagement, and you will see students learning at their own pace.

PALS Progressive Academic Learning Systems

The Pals-Program is an extensive Educational Program, with 168 content programs 44,000 tasks and thousands of animated reinforcers and several thousand mini cartoons. This software is especially effective for individuals with autism and other learning disabilities. It incorporates behavioral learning steps that allows all children to learn, regardless of ability. The PALS-program was originally designed for children with autism but bright young children love and excel on the program as well. The Pals-Program offers a great solution to all of your early academic and academic special education needs. PALS was designed for students who are easily distracted (because they are young) or have learning and/or developmental disabilities ranging from mild to severe. This program covers cause and effect, waiting your turn, vocabulary training, categorization, plurals, prepositions, syntax, patterns, auditory processing, concept development, and reading. There are also many lessons teaching time, money calendar and additional educational concepts.

UMPC Portal

This blog is a good place to find the latest news about Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPCs). Frequent updates about various new products will help keep you up-to-date on this rapidly changing field.

Asus eeePC

Asus manufactures several UMPC models that appeal to educators. Lightweight, rugged, and inexpensive, these UMPCs are especially good for student use.

Eee PC

This mini laptops made by Asus are very affordable and a great way to start a one-to-one laptop program in a school. Very easy to use and light-weight, they are being used in several schools today. Check out size, prices, accessories, and community to see how they are being used and optional software.


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