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 district’s Professional Development Center, emphasis was first placed on changing the pedagogical paradigm. In this first of two parts, 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.
Resources to follow-up:
- TICALevision episode and Radio TICAL episode with George Lieux on the genesis of the 1:1 project
- Penzu online journal
- Quick Take Presentations: Blogs, Wikis, Mini Notebooks (mini laptop, netbook, miniPC, etc.)
- TICAL’s Professional Development Matrix