The launch Now that we have our first trained 'Tech research teams' we are ready to launch so on Wednesday next week we have invited parents to attend a launch event. Direcly after this, the first 62 students will receive their tablet PCs and will then have them for three weeks. The 'Tech research team' in each group will record good use of the devices by teachers, find technical solutions to problems they encounter, find ways of working well together as a team and find examples of 21st Century skills development.
Your help I didn't want to open a public channel for connection of ideas to the students for obvious reasons but instead, I will be directing them to this blog so they can see any ideas or reactions from the PiL community. Any comments, helpful suggestions or ideas related to similar projects you are aware of or have tried in your own context would be very much appreciated. Those of you connecting to me by email, please let me know if you are happy for me to add your comments here too so others can benefit from your thoughts.
I will end on a quote from a student on Edmodo in response to a post from a student called Jack who solved the problem of how to customise the start screen (on day 1 of the project). The language is in txt speak "Your already becoming a gr8 team coach ur team is gonna find u a lot of help". It is critical for personalisation to build in genuine collaboration at its core. Technology enables teachers and students to engage in the peer development of the essential skills that underpin this in new and exciting ways.