Netbook use case in high schools

A netbook program was discussed at today’s staff meeting. Year 1 of the program would involve providing each teacher in the school (grades 9 – 12) with a netbook so they could have a year to experiment. It was emphasized that a netbook doesn’t have the same capabilities as a full laptop, so teachers should get familiar with the limitations and possibilities afforded by the netbooks. Several colleagues raised an excellent question – what would I or my students use it for? I try not to be too much of a fan of implementing technology just because it’s new and shiny and cool, although I have on occasion fallen victim to BSOS. I know of some of the uses for my classes, but when teachers in other subject areas are asking this I don’t have any answers to give them.

To that end, I’ve set up a google form for a netbook use in high school survey. If you have an idea or two you can contribute, your participation is appreciated and I will personally think good things about you and pass along good karma to you. If you are interested in the results, here is the netbook use survey results data.