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1:1 Netbooks in Grades 4, 5 & 6

Rube Goldberg, Netbooks & Machines!

Over the past few weeks our Grade 4 students have been madly reading, watching, learning, interpreting and analysing simple machines using their netbooks. With YouTube videos they have found ideas for machines, and then researched how they work (and how they can adapt them) using websites and online books. It’s been great to see their practical application of these to physical models. Yesterday we were excited to see all the machines across Grades 3 and Grades 4 in action! here are a few samples of the great researching, thinking, problem-solving and constructing that we saw:

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Netbooks for Maths

Today I popped in to Grade 4 and saw some interesting use of Netbooks going on! In the short video below you will learn more about what our students were up to.

1to1 maths



Wouldn’t it  be nice if it were a real $10 000 ! Good to see the use of online resources to connect learning with the real-world.

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Screen Reading


Some recent research has indicated that reading on computer screens is becoming ‘easier’ for most people:

Recent Developments in Screen Reading

  • Early studies showed that reading on a screen was 20-30% slower than reading in print, but the difference is fading quickly as devices improve. One recent study showed that it is now only 6.2% slower to read on an iPad than in print, and just 10.7% slower using a Kindle. As far as reader preferences,
  • Print reading is a solitary activity, while, as writer Christine Rosen says, “Screen reading, a historically recent arrival, encourages a different kind of self-conception, one based on interaction and dependent on the feedback of others. It rewards participation and performance, not contemplation.”

This is interesting to us at Laburnum as we begin to work with students and their one to one devices. The idea that screen-reading can be more collaborative and interactive that paper/book reading is definitely one we would like to explore further!

Go here: to read the full article.

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