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Integrating netbooks into Stage 5 Industrial Design

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Luke Woo


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This document is a draft of the Industrial Technology L4L plan at Fairfield High School. I will add to it as I spend more time with applications included on my tiny blue Lenovo. The majority of the software we use in Industrial Technology has not been included and cannot be installed, so I have attempted to find websites that have similar functionality.


Integrating Netbooks into Stage 5 Industrial Technology
By Luke Wood, Fairfield High School, 2009

Specialty Areas
• Engineering
• Electronics
• Timber
• Multimedia


Multimedia:
• Online safety/ergonomics unit to be completed and submitted through moodle.
• Students will use their netbooks each lesson to update their portfolio or progress report for their practical projects.
• Students will use SD flash-memory based camcorder/cameras with their netbooks. This will allow students to transfer images and video to their netbooks quickly and easily.
• Students use the Online Project Manager to manage their projects.
• Students use Adobe Premiere Express to edit video footage.
• Students use Phoenix Aviary Image Editor to edit still images.


Electronics:
• Online safety unit to be completed and submitted through moodle.
• Students will use their netbooks each lesson to update their portfolio or progress report for their practical projects.
• Students to use the Intel/Education tools to sort lists of processes to put them in correct and logical order.
• Students to use the Intel/Education tools to create circuit board designs from circuit diagrams as a precursor to using Circuit Wizard software.
• Students use the Java Circuit Simulator to design, test and modify their circuits.
• Students use the Online Project Manager to manage their projects.


Timber:
• Online safety unit to be completed and submitted through moodle.
• Students will use their netbooks each lesson to update their portfolio or progress report for their practical projects.
• Students to use the Intel/Education tools to sort lists of processes to put them in correct and logical order.
• Students use the Online Project Manager to manage their projects.


Engineering:
• Online safety unit to be completed and submitted through moodle.
• Students will use their netbooks each lesson to update their portfolio or progress report for their practical projects.
• Students to use the Intel/Education tools to sort lists of processes to put them in correct and logical order.
• Students use the Bridge Designer and Build a Bridge to design, test and modify their bridge designs.
• Students use the Online Project Manager to manage their projects.


Issues:

· Inability to download or install software on netbooks

· Students not bringing netbooks to class

· Netbook batteries not charged

· Students sharing their classmates’ login and password

· Inappropriate use of webcam and/or Bluetooth

· Students sharing teacher email addresses

Solutions:

· Find online tools and applications that students can use instead of installing software

· Design ICT activities so that students can share a netbook if necessary

· Bring a powerboard and extension cord to class so students can run their netbooks off mains power

· Educate students on the ramifications of sharing their password

· Harsh penalties for misuse – zero tolerance

· Harsh penalties – zero tolerance or have teacher email addresses changed or a 2nd email account just for student interaction

Online Resources


Intel/Education http://www.intel.com/education

TaLE (Teaching and Learning exchange)

Bridge Designer http://www.jhu.edu/virtlab/bridge/truss.htm

Build a Bridge http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/bridge/build.html

Circuit design software http://www.smps.us/tools.html

Java circuit simulator http://www.falstad.com/circuit/

PCB 123 http://www.pcb123.com/

Adobe Premiere Express online video editor http://www.adobe.com/products/premiereexpress/

Phoenix Aviary Image Editor

Free Online Project Management http://www.planprojects.com/index.php

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Luke,

Thanks for sharing.

One note, you write as a solution:

Luke Woo wrote:
Bring a powerboard and extension cord to class so students can run their netbooks off mains power

According to the "Laptop User Charter", 2.1.1, "... Chargers should be left at home".

It's an interesting expectation of the department that students will not bring chargers. We're talking about buying extra chargers and setting them up in the library or something.



Last edited by simonjob on Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:53 am; edited 1 time in total

Luke, this is awesome. This is EXACTLY the kind of thing that I hoped this forum would achieve...I feel like a proud parent Very Happy
Thank you!


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