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Unpacking the netbooks

Two months ago, students from years 5 to 8 received their netbooks. Hawkesdale P12 College has gone 1:1 for these year levels in 2010, after the successful introduction to grade 5 students in 2009. Although an information session was held prior to this event, a further session was offered to parents this evening to unpack the netbook with their student beside them, allowing them to ask further questions and to inform parents of their use in the classroom. The meeting took place in the library and each parent and student had a netbook. Our library has a bank of netbooks for borrowing.
How wonderful it was to see a parent beside their child discovering the content of those mobile devices, working together and sharing conversations. Staff were also in attendance. The session ran for one and a half hours and in that time, parents enquired about the internet access at home, voiced concerns about students potentially losing vital life skills and basic numeracy and literacy skills etc.
In two weeks time, parents will be given the opportunity to come online in elluminate from their homes and share further conversations. When teachers, parents and students work together, the learning will surely be stronger.

Unpacking the Netbooks – WIWOW

WIWOW was again popular this afternoon, when the topic was “Unpacking the Netbooks”. It is now just over two months, since netbooks were rolled out to students in years 5 to 8. The program is proving to be very popular with students and teachers. However teachers have not been made aware of the programs that have been installed on these netbooks.

For one hour after school, as part of Walk In Walk Out Wednesday, teachers were given the opportunity to ‘play’ with and explore a netbook and it software. Two of our year 7 students were also there, to share, demonstrate and help staff through the unpacking. A very popular and well received session!

Present were Rob G, GP, BG, KO, Bronya, AMH, Jane L and AM plus our two students.

Netbooks for students



Through a series of grants and funding, Hawkesdale P12 College has purchased a set of 16 acer aspire ones, 1gb ram, 120gb rom for mobile use by staf and students. The increasing use of web2.0 tools and technological access has placed huge demand on our computer lab and pod. At any one time there could be a combination of students from up to 4 classes in the computer lab, when space is available. Staff try to get timetabled into the computer room, but is is not always possible.  Netbooks are available for borrowing either as a class set or on an individual basis, through out library. A trolley on wheels allows the small computers to be taken to the classroom and then returned. Windows XP is loaded onto them, they are wireless networked and enable students to access their student network. I have personally found that my battery lasts approx 4 hours. Moviemaker runs well on them.

The students love to use them and you can read some of the comments from grade 4 and 5 students as to why they think they should have one each. See a movie of them at work by clicking on the link below:-


Leckyloo grade 4

This is why i think we should have mini ACER laptops……….

some times it’s hard to get a computer when i really need one.

They are small and easy to carry.grace-on-netbook1

you can play maths games at home to get better at times tables.

you can write posts on your blog at home if you don’t have a computer. 

if you have a story or project that you need to finish you can take it home.

your mum and dad can see your blog and work that you are doing.

these are my reasons whey we should have mini ACER laptops

benny grade 4

It will help us if we are sick and we will do stuff at home in bed in stead of nothing.

If the lab and the pod are full we can do it in class at writing time.

That’s why we want a laptop.trevor-and-jayden2


Adzy grade 5

  1. They are small and easy to carry around
  2. helping people to blog and search the internet
  3. fun to learn and play with
  4. easy to type on
  5. you can do school work on them at home