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Mobile Computer Lab Use at Rea View!

Integrating technology into the students' curriculum is a priority at Rea View Elementary. Technology is being used as a tool to promote and extend student learning on a daily basis.

Rea View's Capital Campaign for the 2010-2011 school year had a specific goal.  The goal was to raise enough money to purchase 28 Dell Netbooks and the accompanying wireless laptop cart (commonly referred to as a "mobile computer lab").  The generosity of our Rea View families, friends, and business partners helped Rea View meet our goal of purchasing the Netbooks and cart.   These new Dell Netbooks join the additional 45 Mac notebooks and 2 additional wireless laptop carts (mobile classrooms) that we have available for our students use. 

Students use this technology during instruction in several different ways.  Here are a few examples of how teachers are integrating the new Netbooks into their daily instruction:

  • 4th graders used the Netbooks in the classroom to conduct research.  Each student read a nonfiction article from a magazine selection in the Media Center.  Students then used their laptops to find five additional facts they could add to their article if they were the author.  Students documented their entries with the title of the magazine, name of the article, date of the magazine, and page number on their journal entry.
  • 3rd graders used the Netbooks in the classroom to visit educational websites such as IXL.com (math skills website) to review and build on geometry skills. 
  • 3rd graders used the Netbooks to form descriptive books using their senses in writing.

Written by: Diann Harvey
Posted: Apr 13, 2011 by Diann Harvey

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