We started the year with only 14 members of my class on their own devices. After showing them for the last 8 weeks how often we will be using our devices and in how many ways they can be of assistance to our learning, those numbers have changed so that I now only have 8 members of the class without their own device. Add to this the class multi-point of six computers and we are pretty much on a one to one ratio in Room 8 this year. I am super excited about this as it gives me so much flexibility in how and when I use these tools in the classroom - however the focus is still on the learning outcomes not the technology.
The best news is the addition of the Surface Pro 4 that has been sent from Microsoft for my use as an MIEE. I am loving the light weight design and flexibility if gives me to move around my classroom, to conference with students and access their information quickly.
In addition to that the stylus gives me more freedom when modelling to highlight and annotate examples for students. Research supports the use of annotated examples to assist students with learning new concepts as they can refer back to these notes to understand where they may have gone wrong in their own work. In practice I have to say this is true and the power of working through examples with students, them seeing and sharing in real time, has improved their ability to recall the new concepts and strategies.
Add one of my favourite tools the Class OneNote to the mix and I love the online modelling books I am creating with the students. Where the learning intentions are there for students to refer back to in our Class OneNote. We can collaborate and co-construct our success criteria - which is easy with the stylus as I am talking to various groups of students. Add the annotated examples and marking as we finish a session and it becomes a great revision tool.
I am only starting to understand the possibilities with this new tool and can't wait to unlock it's full potential.