One of the biggest hurdles in getting ready for the year is always setting up the computers. With 15 in my room, it's like setting up a small lab. I'm pretty good with all the wires by now, but this year's big challenge was working around a new heater, which changed the location of 8 of the computers. Four hours later, I had replaced a table, sawed off 8 table legs (and part of the chalkboard tray), and was ready to start hooking up wires. A couple of pictures, both sides of my classroom:
Good going on the computers. Wireless anyone?
I had 12 iMacs last year at a 2:1 ratio, kids paired at one table with one computer.
FINALLY, I got to a 1:1 ratio last spring!!! With 4 from the school and 8 from a grant, I took the dive and a loan to get a cart of 10 laptops and a few eMacs, plus a G4 tower from a relative. In a sense, I drive an old truck and use my car money for technology. Can't wait to get going this year.
I also have a set-up where 15 line the walls and 10 kids sit in the middle on futons /couches with laptops. It seems to work well. Below is a link to my room.
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