This is possibly one of the most amazing experiences I have had as a teacher.
I decided to just give the children the laptops and see what they did with them. First I gave the tech department some cakes so they were in a good frame of mind if the children crashed the computers 🙂 By the time I had the last child back to the room with their laptop, the children were already at work. I didn’t even get a chance to give them my ‘you can do it’ rallying call. They had already decided by themselves they were in control of this!
It just gave me goose bumps on the skin to watch this. As the children were at work a group of visiting teachers came in, they were very impressed with the level of cooperation and collaboration shown. There is lots of talk of technology making children isolated and making them mindless. I have found the children are constantly working together, talking and problem solving.
My observation would be, technology integration in the classroom is as good as the teacher and their approach. If children are allowed to think, explore and problem solve they bring this to any new area of learning. If they are constrained into thinking there is only one right way they will wait to be given that one way.
Please enjoy this video, you are going to be so proud of your child.