Archive for March, 2021

Why a Laptop Cart Is Essential in Your School

March 10th, 2021

Within the educational sector information technology is becoming an increasing important subject for students of all ages. The need for adults to now have at least a basic understanding of computers and computer technology means that schools, colleges and universities must all make considerable investments. Buying computer equipment to complete what are now rudimentary classroom tasks is only a small part of this.

Investing heavily in computer equipment however is not always that easy, particularly as many educational facilities are severely restricted by budgetary restraints. A laptop cart is just one of the ways that schools and colleges can make the most of their IT investment. A laptop cart is essentially a mobile cart that converts computer equipment into a mobile resource that can be located in the classroom it is needed as and when timetables dictate. The result is that the school gets the largest return from its investment in regards to the number of pupils that have access to the computing equipment.

Another benefit of the laptop cart in educational facilities is that once the computers have been used, they can be stored in the cart’s trays. The main appeal of this is that the trays normally have a charging capacity so that the laptop is plugged in at the end of the lesson as a matter of course, subsequently when it comes to unpacking the computers at the start of the lesson; no pupils are left with a dead battery. The number of trays can also be varied depending upon class sizes.

Theft and malicious damages are, unfortunately a part of school life. Whist the problems are not as large within colleges and further education facilities it is still an advisable option to keep your investment safe. Fortunately a laptop cart will typically be lockable; meaning that at the end of each lesson the computing equipment is safe and secure, massively reducing the opportunity for thieves.

As an administrator, teacher or even an assistant within an educational facility the laptop cart should be considered an essential piece of equipment, increasing access to computing equipment whilst ensuring that it is maintained effectively and also securely stored it when not in use.

Within today’s educational facilities the laptop cart should be considered an e

Educational Process & Product

March 10th, 2021

As a student, I always struggled with educational material that I couldn’t use immediately. I was, as many others, a “Hands-on” learner, and if I couldn’t, in some way, manipulate the material immediately, then I struggled to retain and apply it later. The educational system, which had been inflicted on me, was seemingly unaware or unconcerned with my learning issues, so it left me and others like me to flounder throughout my public education. With this stated, I still received a better public education than most children today. I can read, write, analyze and problem solve, and I can be creative. I know where my state is on the map. I know important dates in history and can make educated judgments and decisions, politically. I had some learning disabilities, as a child, which were overlooked, but the teachers at least focused on the process of teaching. My teachers were in charge of their classrooms, not the local school board and government.

During my years of teaching, I found that the process of educating students had become my main concern, because if my process was effective, then the educational outcomes, or product, would take care of themselves. The emphasis on product (Testing, Grades), first and foremost, had hindered my learning, as a student. I was desperately trying to avoid that same educational mistake, because I wanted something better for my students.

It’s during the process of instruction that learning truly occurs. Testing is merely a tool, which should-first-be used to evaluate the educational process of the instructor, and then the product, or measurable results. The product, in the end, should be the student’s ability to not only retain but apply what they’ve learned. The effective and creative execution of curriculum and lesson plans is an educator’s most valuable tool. If the curriculum and lesson plans are good and the instructor is motivated, imaginative and creative, then the students are in an excellent position to be successful learners. By “Successful learners,” I mean students who can use what they have learned to enhance their lives.

Testing-then-becomes an effective and affective tool, because it serves as a means for improving the teaching technique of the instructor, while, at the same time, continuously motivating the student to learn more. In other words, instructors can effectively use their process to lead students to a successful product.

One example of a successful, “Hands-on” process is the Suzuki Method for violin. Young children are taught violin by “rote” in this method. The definition of “rote” is, The mechanical repetition of something so that it is remembered, often without real understanding of its meaning or significance. This rote technique is also referred to as, “Sound, before sight.” These young violinists learn to play-first-by listening to their instructor perform simple melodies, and then playing back what they have just heard. The emphasis is on the process of learning, not the product. Instead of having their little heads filled with a great deal of musical information, which they can’t-yet-understand or apply, these students, from the first day, are simply allowed to make music and have fun. This making of music and having fun (Process), then motivates them to practice and grow, musically (Product). Many of our greatest, young violinists-today-have been graduates of this method. The playing of the violin becomes as natural as breathing for these young performers, just as babies, who have been taught to swim before they can walk, become natural swimmers. This method works, because it doesn’t put the educational cart before the horse. The student is an active participant in the process of learning, from the beginning, and-therefore-experiences an immediate sense of accomplishment, which-then-motivates them to continue and feeds their desire to learn more.

Why do we, as a nation, ignore successful teaching methods, like the one I have just described, when we are totally failing most of our children, educationally? In my estimation, teacher’s need to be given back their classrooms. This system needs to listen to its teachers as how best to educate students: teachers are the experts, they are in the trenches and know what needs to be done. Politicians and school board members, for the most part, have no idea of what is needed to effectively and affectively teach our children. More often than not, these bureaucrats only make it more impossible for teachers to instruct, effectively. Also, many teachers are demoralized and fed up with the current teaching environment, so many leave the profession. Needless to say, we can’t afford to lose good teachers.

I believe this current education system is a total failure, and the proof of this failure is in the quality of educated citizen it produces. Not only can’t most of our graduates read, write, compute and problem solve-effectively-some can’t even point out their own state on a map. Add to this the number of assaults and murders on classmates and teachers in our sch