When seventh-grade teachers at Greenwood Middle School wanted to use laptops with their students, they faced a question: Are you ready?
Using laptops in class meant the teachers would have to rewrite many of their lessons, which usually involved worksheets or lectures. Teachers who wanted to use videos, PowerPoint or other interactive lessons would have to find those materials themselves. And they’d have to start planning not one but three lessons each day, so that students who were behind, ahead and on task all had something to work on, director of secondary education Rick Ahlgrim said.
“We made it clear to our teachers: This is going to be disruptive at best,” Ahlgrim said.