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Using Wireless Laptops in the Classroom. The Mathematics Department Tower Hamlets College. Richard Tarry. A Context. The Maths Department at Tower Hamlets College has 12 full time and 4 part time teachers We provide Maths courses across the College from Entry level to Level 3 (AS/A2)

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using wireless laptops in the classroom

Using Wireless Laptops in the Classroom

The Mathematics Department

Tower Hamlets College

Richard Tarry

a context
A Context
  • The Maths Department at Tower Hamlets College has 12 full time and 4 part time teachers
  • We provide Maths courses across the College from Entry level to Level 3 (AS/A2)
  • We deliver about 250 hours of teaching per week
  • About 80% on our teaching is done on our main Poplar site
courses
Courses

We offer a variety of courses to our predominantly 16 –19 year students

  • AS/A2 Mathematics
  • AS Use of Maths
  • GCSE Maths retake course
  • FSMQs at level 1
  • Application of Number
new qualifiations
New Qualifiations

C2000

  • Introduction of FSMQs in response to demand for new Maths qualifications
  • FSMQs develop Maths skills in context
  • Require coursework, encourage the use of ILT
  • THC decides to use Foundation level (L1) FSMQ as a step toward GCSE
growing use of ilt
Growing Use of ILT

Sept 2001

  • THC is offering 8 – 10 level 1 FSMQ courses
  • Introduces the new AS Use of Maths, based on level 3 FSMQ
  • Minimum requirement for about 27 hours pw in IT rooms
  • General push to encourage use of ILT in all Maths teaching & learning
problems a solution
Problems & a Solution

Sept 2002

  • Shortage of IT rooms, but increasing demand
  • IT department reluctant to provide rooms for Maths when we wanted them
  • Varying pattern of demand
  • College offered a Maths IT room and suggested a trial set of laptops
sixteen laptops and a trolley
Very flexible

Can be used in various rooms

Set can be split for use by 2 groups

Positive response from students

Problems with reception and bandwidth - cold spots

Moving the trolley

Maintenance – cables, recharging

Security

Cost (desktop x2)

Sixteen Laptops and a Trolley
current operation
Current Operation
  • Most teachers are comfortable with the laptops
  • Technical problems have been resolved - except the wireless printer
  • Booking system plus building staff to move the trolley
  • Flexible staff in one workroom
  • Need another set – but expensive
  • See photos
checklist
Checklist
  • Staff training and acclimatisation is essential
  • Technical problems must be addressed quickly
  • Physical considerations – movement, location of electrical supply, transmitters
  • Printers?
  • Ownership – booking system, administration & maintenance
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