In The Hands of Learners: COD Pilot

In The Hands of Learners: COD Pilot

Today marked the start of the Combine Our Devices (COD) pilot for our learners as we placed the devices into their hands. Similar to our initial device hand over to teachers, our primary goal was to immediately gather how intuitive the device was for students while making sure a few things were in place.

Playing is Learning

Getting Things in Place

Chromebooks

  1. Establish Profile
  2. Enable Offline Google Docs
  3. Understand Chrome Store for Extensions and Apps

Estimated Time: 30 minutes
Actual Time: 10 minutes

Nexus 7

  1. Establish Profile and Personalize
  2. Personalize and Setup the Device Settings
  3. Understand Google Play Apps
  4. Place and Manipulate Cover

Estimated Time: 30 minutes
Actual Time: 15 minutes (plus 15 minutes for Amazon Kindle setup: app download and account setup)

Intuitiveness

The students took to both devices quickly with a desire to quickly get through the “Getting Things in Place” so they could play around with it. To be fair, the ¬†Chromebook classroom was filled with many students that had heard of or used Chromebooks in other classes. This simplified the process but you could see how easy the process was for them. At the same time, their connection to laptops with this device shows that they’ll will have some adjustment time to processes that they are used to/expecting.

In fact, I saw a number of students in our library (see photo) using the Chromebooks over other devices available (desktop and checkout devices) and they were “teaching” their peers all about the device: what it can do, how to customize it, where the apps are for it, etc. And this was merely one block (90 minutes) after they received the device.

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With the Nexus 7, there were a few students that had Android devices but the majority either had functioned on an iDevice or nothing at all. Regardless, the students took to this device with great ease and comfort. In fact, it appeared that their was considerable prior knowledge of how to function in this world even though this wasn’t the case.

In that sense, the Nexus 7 appeared on Day 1 to be the more intuitive device. We have two more classrooms getting the Nexus 7 tablets tomorrow, so we’ll see if this continues to hold true. However, both devices appeared easy on the students and required minimal up front, whole group exposure.

Peer to Peer Learning

Student Leadership Team

I would be remiss not to mention just how important it is to have a student leadership team as part of the pilot. With the exception of one class, there is a student leader in each one. The importance of their assistance and leadership is hard to articulate. Bottom Line: They are difference makers!

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