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I have strong middle of the road opinions on this topic. I used to be a strong proponent for labs, but now put the emphasis on classroom computes and wireless laptops brought into the classroom. Some of my thoughts, plus a list of references that I saved from a prior discussion on this topic but don't have the authors name to give credit to. Bring the lab to the classroom, not the classroom to the lab. Research (that I will try and put my hands on) shows that technology integration does not occur in lab situations. Labs are good for teaching computer skills (keyboarding, business apps such as spreadsheets, etc.) Labs are useful at the secondary level when the teacher needs to teach all the students the same thing at the same time. My definition of a lab is "a group of computers that are used by teachers so that all the students can do the same thing at the same time." If we have a group of computers in a room where students work on projects, and use the technology as needed (scanners, cameras, video cameras, etc.) I consider it a resource room and not a lab. We have labs in our secondary business departments, many vocational areas (Cisco, networking, drafting, etc.) where they are essential. We have keyboarding labs at the middle schools, and are phasing labs out at the elementary level (but we do have "resource centers" as mentioned above). Teachers need support (training, hand holding and equipment) to truly integrate technology into their day to day curriculum. Having to wait until their scheduled lab time to do something that deals with today's lesson hinders rather than helps the integration process. Subject: Re: TECH: Computers in the Classroom Versus Computer in a Lab From the post - author unknown - sites updated 6/14/03 Following are some articles on the issue you are asking: Classroom or Lab COMPUTER LABS VERSUS CLASSROOM INTEGRATION OF COMPUTERS Compiled by: Diane Culbertson, Information Resources Consultant Division of Customer Support Services Office of Education Technology Kentucky Department of Education email@example.com http://www.kde.state.ky.us/cgi-bin/ MsmGo.exe?grab_id=100826460&EXTRA_ARG=&host_id=1&page_id=3647&query=COMP UTER+LABS+VERSUS Placing Computers: Classroom or Lab - http://www.lttechno.com/onecomputerclass/overview.htm The author lists four reasons why computers should be placed in the classroom instead of the computer lab. Links to research studies are provided to support these claims. In addition, four essential conditions for full integration of technology are outlined. NEA today debate: Should School Computer Labs be Phased Out? - http://www.nea.org/neatoday/9909/debate.html A classroom teacher outlines her reasons why the computer lab should be phased out while a computer lab instructor argues for the continuation of this model. At the end of the article is a closed discussion forum where readers have voiced their opinion. Think about the pros and cons of each model. As for your teachers using the computer if it is in their classroom or just being a dust collector, they will need some direction (ie: professional development). They may not know what to do if they don't know the possibilities. Here are some articles that address that with specific ideas: Surviving in the One-Computer Classroom Tips for Using One Computer with 25 Students http://www.techtrain.org/curriculum/1c_uses.htm Ideas are listed from novice user to proficient user. Ideas for the One Computer Classroom - http://danenet.wicip.org/mmsd-it/tlc/1comprm.html Specific ideas for Room Arrangement, Management and Scheduling, and Classroom Modeling are outlined on this web page. Strategies to Enable More Independent Work at the Computer - http://www.stemnet.nf.ca/~jscaplen/integration/english/independent.html Lists 8 strategies. Learning Solutions: One Computer Classroom http://www.learnsol.com/menu3.html Strategies for 1-4 computers, computer lab, and cooperative groups. On Friday, June 13, 2003, at 09:12 AM, EDTECH Editor-Beil wrote: > From: kim hayen <firstname.lastname@example.org> > > Specifically to teachers: > *Based on your experience, have you observed any specific academic > gains in > using in-class computers versus computer lab computers? As far as use to enhance the curriculum on a daily basis, yes. > > Specifically to technology specialists: > *What kind of cost differential would you estimate in the two opposing > scenarios? > Labs are easier to maintain because the are all in one place and usually have exactly the same software installed on them. But it is easier for a business to sell to customers if the customers had to be in one room at one time, but that is not best for the customers. Our customers are our kids, and we need to do what is best for them, not what is easiest or least expensive for us. > Craig Nansen If learning is an act of exploration, Technology Coordinator then technology equips the explorer Minot Public Schools for the journey of a lifetime..... 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