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How to start a parent-funded laptop program?



Paul Fuller was our special guest in a live Digital Chalkie webcast in this conversation around how one globally aware primary school got their one-to-one parent funded notebook program off the ground please tune-in. Paul explains about the students’ reactions, planning, financing, technical and pedagogical shifts.

Below is a podcast of Digital Chalkie webcast #6: How to start a parent funded notebook programme in a Primary School recorded on 8 p.m (WST) Thursday 13 2008:

We find out what happens if you give a kid their own device with access to the connected world? Why have Rudd/Gillard and Smith got it right with this policy of trying to get computers into the hands of students? Or do you have a different opinion?

This is a slideshow from one of the presentations Paul gave to the school community:

To get the discussion rolling before the webcast, I posted this text below to a few email lists, sourced from this website here. This piece was posted on the Abilene, Kansas High School Dialogue Buzz website during the spring of 2003. It was an anonymous post by a student, but is VERY powerful.

Let’s have a little competition at school and get ready for the future. I will use a laptop and you will use paper and pencil. Are you ready…?
I will access up-to-date information - you have a textbook that is 5 years old.
I will immediately know when I misspell a word – you have to wait until it’s graded.
I will learn how to care for and harness technology by using it – you will read about it.
I will see science concepts in 3D – you will do the odd problems.
I will create artwork and poetry and share it with the world – you will share yours with the class.
I will have 24/7 access – you have the entire class period.
I will access the most dynamic information – yours will be printed and photocopied.
I will communicate with leaders and experts using email – you will wait for Friday’s speaker.
I will select my learning style – you will use the teacher’s favorite learning style.
I will collaborate with my peers from around the world – you will collaborate with peers in your classroom.
I will take my learning as far as I want – you must wait for the rest of the class.
The cost of a leased laptop per year? - $250
The cost of teacher and student training? – Expensive
The cost of well educated Australian citizens and workforce? - Priceless

Here are some key points made by Paul on the programme:

- OGPS is a public primary (K-7) with only 120 students

- We are rolling out laptops for all students 4 - 7 (60 students)

- We are using the base model MacBooks with combo drives.

- Most are parent funded (combination of leasing and purchasing)

- Families in financial hardship (approx 20%) are provided with a
laptop by the school for use during school hours only. Many of these
families are already seeing the value of a take-home laptop and many
are trying to find the funds if they can.

- Parents are given the choice of purchasing outright or leasing.
Machines will be upgraded every 2 years.

- Prices include AppleCare extended warranty and insurance.

- Families who purchased outright won’t be able to claim any tax
rebate, as it starts in 2008-09. My understanding is that families who
lease will be able to claim the component of their lease costs that
fall within that financial year.

- I won’t disclose any of the pricing at this stage (commercial-in-
confidence) except to say that we were very happy with the way that
Apple supported the school.

- As always, the key to this process has been getting buy-in from
staff and parents.

- And before you say “But my school can’t afford that” …. remember
we are a dirt poor public school one suburb across from Maddington.
What we do have is an amazing school community where the staff,
parents, kids and Principal understand and support what we are trying
to do.

- Someone described us last year as a ’small community school with  a
global vision’. I like that :)

Paul Fuller *LIVE* from the NECC



Yesterday evening, Paul Fuller joined Paul Reid and Brad Hicks, for a live webcast from the NECC conference in Atlanta Georgia. Below is a podcast of the discussion. Thanks to Brad for hosting Podcast bannerthe webcast and to those eChalkies who joined us in the webcast academy chatroom.

Digital Chalkie Webcast #6 Paul Fuller: Live from the NECC
(MP3 – 17.9MB – 45min 58sec)

Right click to download the audio file from here.

Paul FullerPaul Fuller is documenting some of the journey for his students on a blog and will be talking about it further at the upcoming ECAWA Conference. Paul passed on this interesting blog post about what is topical at this years NECC conference.

For more than two decades, NECC has been the premier forum in which to learn, exchange, and survey the field of educational technology. This annual conference features hands-on workshops, lecture-format and interactive concurrent sessions, discussions with key industry leaders, and the largest educational technology exhibit in the world.

Apple is hosting the official podcast channel for NECC 2007.

Digital Chalkie Webcast #3



Topic: Podcasting in the Classroom.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for a discussion about podcasting in the classroom. We looked at both pedagogical and technical aspects of using podcasts for student learning. We may have to revist the topic as there was so much to cover.  When we have a chance on the upcoming school break we will invite interested teachers to join the conversation again and ask those of you who have used podcasting to share your experiences with us.

We had some problems recording the live webcast and are still trying to find time to salvage and edit the well recorded bits to combine into a podcast format.

For information on how to join the webcast click here.

Podcast 1 - Classroom Blogging



Recently, Brad Hicks, Paul Reid, Kelly Anderson, Doug Symington and Reg Whitely gathered online at various corners of the internet to discuss the topic of “Classroom Blogging” in a live webcast. A big thank you to Brad Hicks for his webcasting expertise and for hosting the show. Also to the engaging interviewees and chatroom participants.

Digital Chalkie Webcast #1 Part a: Classroom Blogging (MP3 – 9.9MB – 42min 58sec)

Right click to download the audio file from here.

Show notes:

Part a: Classroom Blogging

00:00 - Introductory explanation of Digital Chalkie website and its aims. Brad interviewing Paul about Digital Chalkie.

04:50 - Brad talks about the webcast and gives instructions about how people can contribute to the live webcasts.

09:20 - Paul Reid’s take on collaborative writing and the functional literacy opportunities provided by an Instiki Wiki:

14:35 - What blogging is and how it can benefit students? Kelly Anderson talks about her recent experiences with blogging in the classroom and how it could be their reading and viewing journal. Kelly uses - based on Wordpress -

16:05 - How were the blogs set-up and what tasks were set? Kelly talks about the naming conventions for student blogs that we used with Kelly’s class to avoid identification of students

23:15 - What is commenting and how does it work?
Links to other blogs: Jo McLeay’s Clarence Fisher Room 208

26:03 - Doug Symington from joins in to discuss blogs and share some of his experiences from the blogosphere. Doug is a regular on and hails from Vancouver, Canada.

29:45 Brad mentions - a global network of homegrown webcasting.

31:15 What happens to blogs at the end of the schools year. Kelly mentions can print and bind blogs.

32:31 Doug talks about the importance on helping students become responsible web citizens. Kelly talks about liability, and privacy.

Digital Chalkie Webcast #1 Part b: Classroom Blogging (MP3 – 9.7MB – 42min 43sec)

Right click to download the audio file from here.

Show notes:

0:00 Brad fields a question via eChalk from Terri van Zetten regarding bullying in the classroom via blogging. Doug, and Kelly discuss this.

02:45 Paul asks how Kelly and Brad have set up their accounts to protect students from potential bullying behaviour. They explain the administrator settings and setting up Bloglines as an aggregator for reading/keeping up with student blog posts.

17:15 Doug talks about using Flickr and Blogger to introduce people to blogging and web 2.0.

28.40 Reg Whitely joins in talks about setting up Wordpress with some of his Year 7 students. (NB: unfortunately the live stream starts dropping out at this point).

For Digital Chalkie’s live show Brad Hicks and I chose to use the word webcast because the audio is released live (streamed) onto the web. The streaming audio comes through like a radio station to iTunes or Real Audio as the user chooses -unlike this podcast, which is released as an MP3 or in an RSS enclosure after the webcast has occurred. In time we will post an enhanced podcast with links and pictures etc that users will be able to subscribe to within iTunes (for example) and which will be archived on the Digital Chalkie podcast page.

Another ‘live’ feature of the webcast that accompanies the streaming audio file is that listeners can join the text-based chatroom. We use Skype to record all conversation within the ‘SkypeCast room’. We will release a podcast of the event which will be an edited version accompanied by a transcript of the webcast.

We welcome the participation of other Digital Chalkies to the follow-up Classroom Blogging Webcast 2 next Sunday. If you have any questions on the topic of blogging please send them to and we will raise them during the show. Please provide us with some feedback, discuss the topic and the new Digital Chalkie webcast in the comments below.

Join us live for Part 2 of Classroom Blogging with the live webcast from 17.00hrs GMT+8 on Sunday July 30.

Webcast How-To



How to join a Digital Chalkie live webcast:

You can listen in, join the chat room and even ask questions by voice.

1. Go to This is the Worldbridges network, which kindly provides the server we are using to deliver the broadcast.
2. From the Listen menu, top right corner of the page, click on the Channel 1 media player icon of your choice.

This will launch your media player and you should hear the live stream, which is delayed by a few seconds.


3. Join the Chat Room to ask questions and contribute to the live discussion, by clicking on the Chat Room icon in the Listen menu, as shown above. Enter an ID to enter the Chat Room, no password is required.

4. If you wish to join the live conversation this is the hardware you will need:
• Microphone (preferably external and able to be muted)
• Headphones

Then follow the link:
OR to register before the event starts and hear us trying to get the streams set-up
Look for Digital Chalkie in the list and click on the Sign in to join link next to the icon (Note: you need to have first downloaded Skype and created a username and password). Sign in with your username and password and then, click on Join this Skypecast. If a dialogue box appears, select the Launch application, this will trigger Skype to dial into the conference. You will also see a browser window with the list of people who are in the conference, leave this open as you can use it to request the microphone if you wish to speak.

5. Note: If you join the Skype conference or the Skype call directly, please turn off the stream in your media player before you join the discussion to stop the audio feeding back! The presenter will invite you to join the Skype call directly, you can do this by calling our Skype ID - digitalchalkie

6. If you are in the live conference, please mute your microphone when you are not talking, this is to reduce background noise and keep the audio quality as good as possible.

We look forward to having you there!

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