Friday, February 10, 2006

Wireless Lab Thoughts

Our school continues to grapple with the issue of very limited time in the computer lab and outdated machines. There has been quite a bit of discussion about exploring a wireless lab (class set of laptops on a cart) as a solution to our dilemma.

As I stated in a previous post, our school has one decent lab and another relatively decent lab of computers in the Media Center. After much brainstorming on the most fair way to sign up for lab time, teachers came up with the idea to assign each teaching team (7 in all) one week per 9 weeks. The last 2 weeks of the grading period would be left on a first come, first serve basis. This system seems to be working for those who couldn't sign up early enough to get the lab. On the other hand, a team's week doesn't always coincide with that brilliant unit on frog dissection or the Civil War. If a team can't swap a week, they sign up for the Media Center. Using the Media Center as a computer lab does put a little strain on classes using the Media Center for research. There have been a few times when the MC seems like Grand Central Station with multiple classes doing circulation, research, and computer projects.

The bottom line is--WE NEED ANOTHER COMPUTER LAB!! The next question is where are we going to put it?? We don't have any more classrooms. The only other option is to go wireless.

I'm doing some research and I found some great articles. Here they are:

I'm just getting started. Apparently there's a lot of factors involved and a lot to think about.

Does anyone out there know of any grant possibilities for something like this?

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