Passing the Laura Ingalls Test

Writing for Slate.com, Linda Perlstein recently proposed the Laura Ingalls test. Imagine if this prairie girl were to time travel to the present day and consider how she would respond to modern-day technology. If you brought her to an Apple Store or handed her a cell phone, she wouldn’t know what to make of it. Yet, if you brought her to the nearest 5th grade classroom, she would immediately recognize it as a school, something nearly unchanged from her time. Perlstein then asks her readers to describe the ideal modern-day classroom. Their ideas are recorded as comments to her post.

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“IWBs Do Not Hold a Candle to Mobile Learning Devices”

IWBs do not hold a candle to mobile learning devices which students KEEP and get to take home, as well as use in the classroom – if our goal is learning which meets individual needs. It’s harder, it’s messier, it’s filled with more questions, but it’s also the RIGHT path we should follow in the 21st century classroom and the blended 21st century learning environment.

Wesley Fryer in response to a post on the Tech & Learning blog about interactive white boards.

The Battle for the Interactive White Board: The Kids Surrender

This article includes my main concern about interactive white boards before going on to describe a few uses of the technology:

The fact is, there’s only one Interactive White Board per classroom, and there may be 25 or more students. There is never going to be enough time in one class period to let everyone have-at-it on the white board.

My principal asked me just the other day why I wasn’t trying to get a IWB. My response was that I prefer technology that can be put in the hands of every student.