WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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just two years ago, and the project-based approach of the program was perfectly suited to pilot the BYOT initiative. Access to indi- vidual laptops has allowed Henes's students the "ultimate flexibility in creation of video and audio projects," Henes notes. "This plat- form provides a natural place for them to explore." Notably, both Kerr and Henes emphasized two points when discussing their experiences teaching in the 1:1 classrooms. First, individual access to laptops is a big time saver. In tradi- tional (non-pilot) classrooms, when comput- ers are needed, the WHS teachers sign up for use of computers, which are locked up on carts. More than 20 teachers share these carts; and during one block of time there might be as many as 12 teachers in need of computers. Teachers spend class time running down to get the carts. Students then sign on to the computers, each of which has a programmed list of students the computer needs to rattle through until the sign on information of the active user is located. Kerr timed this process one day. "It took 22 minutes until every kid completed their log on. An extraordinary waste of time," she says. In the 1:1 classrooms, Kerr notes, "I feel like I have gotten all of this class time back!" The second thing that both Kerr and Henes emphasized is that computer access for all is "a great equalizer." Henes notes, "The equity issue was a big discussion among staff before this was implemented." The ability for all W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7 165

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