Today’s students are wired. They have grown up with technology. They have integrated it into their lives. They socialize through technology. Technology gives them instant access to information at home and on the go. But, what about their classroom experience? Some forward thinking educators have realized that technology is a key ingredient in driving student engagement and learning outcomes. These educators are embracing new learning programs that feature a small, portable computer called a “Netbook”. In the hands of students, these devices can help to increase collaboration and engagement, creating a technology-rich learning environment that students are comfortable with.
This webinar features one school district’s story of launching a Netbook program. Lake Tahoe Unified School District embarked on a journey in 2009 to capitalize on smaller, low cost Netbooks to increase student engagement and save money on textbooks. The district began with a pilot program and almost immediately noticed improved classroom results as a result of greater student engagement. The district plans to expand the program, as a result, by putting a Netbook in hands of every student in grades 3 – 12 by the end of 2012. Dr. James Tarwater, Superintendent of Lake Tahoe USD, will present his first hand perspective on launching this program and its impact to date. He will address issues such as funding, organizational buy-in, and technical issues to consider. Dr. Tarwater will also review the key benefits the district has experienced, including cost savings, teacher time savings and increased student enthusiasm.
In addition to Dr. Tarwarter, the webinar will feature Linda Uhrenholt, AT&T’s Regional Education Director, who will offer her perspective on the growing use of Netbooks for one to one programs across the nation.
Webinar attendees interested in launching a Netbook program like Lake Tahoe’s will benefit from hearing the district’s story. Key takeaways include:
– Increased student engagement and enthusiasm.
– Cost savings by enabling the adoption of digital textbooks and cloud computing applications.
– Teacher time savings by enabling the use of online assessment tools that reduce time devoted to grading papers.
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