The mix makes for some interesting issues. One is that the iBooks just are breaking more, and so frequently in a classroom with ten of those computers one or two might break down. When it is a partner activity this is OK, pair the MacBook people with the iBook people. But when the activity is individual this becomes a problem.
To analyze the actual extent of the impact that this has on the learning in these classrooms I asked if I was allowed to visit classrooms and observe the laptops in action. I am getting a surprising number of invites. The principal was clear when he told the faculty that I was there to observe how technology actually gets used. One piece of this is how it gets used when it is broken.
Inspired by Dy/Dan I decided to visit classrooms and ask these questions:
- What can I learn about my own teaching?
- What can I do to make teacher use of technology better?
- When did technology get in the way?
- How did technology make the lesson better?