Interesting Ways to use Netbooks in the Classroom

I’ve been inspired by Tom Barrett‘s excellent use of Google Presentations to get educators collaborating on ways to use Google Earth and Interactive Whiteboards. Having recently purchased six Asus Eee 1000 Netbooks for my school, I thought I’d try something similar:

Whilst there have been many blog posts and wiki pages dedicated to the ways in which laptops and Netbooks can be used in a 1-to-1 environment, it’s less obvious what you can do when you only have a few in your classroom. This presentation, as an ongoing project, should hopefully remedy that!

If you’d like to collaborate, here’s what to do:

  1. Look at the presentation above to see what tips have already been added.
  2. Send a message on Twitter to @dajbelshaw, or use the contact form on this site in order to request to be added as a collaborator.
  3. Add a slide in a similar fashion to the ones already there, making sure you credit any Creative Commons-license images used.
  4. Change the number of tips now included in the presentation on the first slide, and add your name as being a collaborator.

I’m looking forward to your contributions! 😀

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  1. Love the ideas! I’m sending this blog to my principal who is considering net books for our school. Maybe this will seal the deal!

  2. Love the ideas! I'm sending this blog to my principal who is considering net books for our school. Maybe this will seal the deal!

  3. Glad to be of help! Let me know if you want to add any ideas. :-)

  4. this is wonderful, very innovative ideas, it will help those student to enhance their skill in netbook

  5. Charlie O'Sullivan

    December 19, 2008 — 1:33 am

    Hi Doug,
    Any other good ideas for netbooks in the classroom. Starting with 30 of them next year for my class.
    Charlie O’Sullivan

  6. Hi Doug,Any other good ideas for netbooks in the classroom. Starting with 30 of them next year for my class.Charlie O'Sullivan

  7. If you've got any more ideas, please feel free to request to join thepresentation! I've added the ones I can think of for the moment! :-)

  8. We are currently looking at netbooks for each student in 4th-8th grade. We are having a lot of nervous individuals worried about the misuse of the computers, ability to integrate into the classroom, battery life (charging station issues), security, monitoring, and loss of traditional educational methods. As the tech coordinator, I continue to stress that netbooks will ehnance and supplement the our current methodology., not replace it. I want to thank you for sharing of your ideas. It was helpful.

  9. hehe… get the kids learning *nix… great idea.

  10. I’m collecting input on how UMPC’s and Netbooks are being used and changing how computers are used in our society. At both ends of the spectrum amoung the young and amoung senior’s there are new uses every day. The smaller form factor changes how mobile computing isable to be used. This was an excellent presentation of how they can be used in the classroom.

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