169 Tech Tip #101: The Laptop Internet Button

Ask a Tech Teacher

Today’s tip: #101–the Laptop Internet Button. Q: My internet stopped working on my laptop. A: Make sure the laptop button that allows connection (on some laptops) to the internet is on.

Tech Tip #101: The Laptop Internet Button

Ask a Tech Teacher

Q: My internet stopped working on my laptop. A: First: Make sure the laptop button that allows connection to the internet is on. As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Everyone else’s in the house works, but mine won’t connect. What do I do?

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What Happened to the ‘$100 Laptop’?


Back in 2005, one of the biggest stories in tech was a project by a group of MIT professors to build a $100 laptop and give them to children in schools around the world. At the time, a typical laptop cost well over $1,000. His nonprofit, called One Laptop per Child (OLPC), did go on to create millions of devices, named XO computers, for a price closer to about $130 each. That never quite came to fruition, but almost 3 million is still a lot of laptops out there.

Rethinking Laptop Bans (AGAIN) and Note Taking


Annually, we go through the outrage cycle around laptop bans. Student Erynn Brook took to Twitter to speak about her own experience as a student with ADHD and how she uses her laptop. Here are some highlights: If I’m on my laptop in class I have the following things going on: 1. Now let’s get to the laptop bans and what happens for me as a student with ADHD when I don’t have access to tech in the classroom. laptops moral panics

Study: One-to-One Laptop Programs Improve Student Learning

Doug Levin

Newly published, peer-reviewed research out of Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine suggests that one-to-one laptop programs improve student academic achievement in K-12 classrooms. Learning in one-to-one laptop environments: A meta-analysis and research synthesis. While literature reviews and research syntheses have been conducted previously on laptop programs, this meta-analytic study is the first ever on this topic.

In the News: On the Nevada Ready 21 1:1 Laptop Program

Doug Levin

Blog In the News News 1:1 Education Week evaluation laptop program researchAs quoted in: Schwartz, Sarah. Nevada Recommits Funding for State 1-to-1 Program.” Education Week. 21 September 2017. “While those sound like common-sense steps for folks who are deploying 1-to-1 programs in schools, the history of ed tech is littered with examples of those common sense steps not being taken,” said Doug Levin, the founder and CEO of EdTech Strategies, a consulting firm, in an interview.

Best Laptops for Kids 2019: The Top Laptops for Kids in Elementary School and Beyond


From our friends at TechRadar: The best laptop for kids will usually take the form of a rugged, cheap tablet… that is, if they’re to be used by young to school age kids. If you’re kid is in high school, you might want to go for a proper laptop, especially when it’s for school projects and homework

Stop asking whether laptops improve learning outcomes

eSchool News

It’s a question we hear all too often—from parents, technology critics, and, of course, the news media: Do those pricey laptops schools buy actually improve academic results? Laptops by themselves change little. Introducing laptops while not changing the teaching and learning paradigm is of little use, and may even produce negative academic outcomes. Is it simply because laptops are a visible component and thus are easy to measure?

Innovative Ideas for Reducing Laptop Loss & Theft


At the Tech & Learning Leadership Summit that took place December 2019, leaders in technology and education shared innovative ideas used to reduce device loss and theft

In the News: On the Future of Maine’s Laptop Program

Doug Levin

The post In the News: On the Future of Maine’s Laptop Program appeared first on EdTech Strategies. Blog News Policy 1:1 21st century skills Education Week laptop program Maine Learning Technology Initiative MLTI one-to-one programs personalized learningAs quoted in: Herold, Benjamin. Maine 1-to-1 Computing Initiative Under Microscope.” Education Week. 30 August 2016.

Best Student Laptops 2019


This guide offers detailed specifications, reasons to buy and links to best pricing

Laptops are Great, Even During Lecture or Meetings


The New York Times recently ran an article by Susan Dynarski, a professor of education, public policy, and economics at the University of Michigan in which she argued against the use of laptops and other such technological tools in classrooms. The article’s main thrust is that she will not allow students to use laptops and other electronics, with the exception of students with special needs, in her classes. The Laptop Generation is coming.

What Happens When Low-Income College Students Borrow Free Laptops?


The post ( perhaps one like this ) described how alienating and awkward it can feel for a student to show up to class without a laptop. With professors saying ‘Everyone take out your laptop,’ it was not an inclusive environment. So the dean asked Perreault and Gretchen Kopmanis, technology services office manager and Mac team lead, to devise a pilot program that would help low-income students get access to laptops—and maybe even improve their enrollment and retention rates, too.

Laptops Lead Back-To-School Tech Purchases

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Schools can prepare for an influx of new devices. Hardware Mobility Networking Notebooks Tablets

Do Laptops Help Learning? A Look At The Only Statewide School Laptop Program

NPR Learning and Tech

It was 15 years ago that Maine began the first, and still the only, statewide school laptop program. Experts worry that an attempt to bridge the digital divide might have widened it. Image credit: Eric Diotte for NPR

Top picks for the best 2-in-1 laptop tablets

eSchool News

Why choose between a laptop and a tablet when you can have both? Check out this great list of nine of the best for 2019. Check out this list for a breakdown of the best options out there today. Featured on eSchool News

Microsoft Announces New Laptops and OS Perfect for 21st-Century Students

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Windows 10 S, Surface Laptop and other updates are coming to classrooms in the fall. Hardware Software

Acer launches no risk laptop seed program

eSchool News

Digital Learning and Tools Mobile Learning News Top News administration best black chrome classrooms cloud Curriculum Education free K-12 laptop school schools solutions statesK-12 schools can test cloud-based Windows or Chrome OS products for free, with no obligation to purchase.

Big Educational Laptop and Tablet Projects - Ten Countries to Learn From

Battelle for Kids

Recent headlines from places as diverse as Kenya and California are just two announcements among many which highlight the increasing speed and scale by which portable computing devices (laptops, tablets) are being rolled out in school systems all over the world.

The learning experience is different in schools that assign laptops, a survey finds

The Hechinger Report

More than twice as many principals in 2017 said students in their schools were assigned some type of mobile device, like a laptop or tablet, than in 2015. The post The learning experience is different in schools that assign laptops, a survey finds appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

Innovative Ideas for Reducing Laptop Loss / Theft

The Innovative Educator

Students at the school keep the same laptop from year to year. Laptop carts: When Phyall discovered some kids had devices stolen out of bags from the YMCA, the district donated extra laptop carts to them. At the Tech & Learning Leadership Summit that took place December 2019, leaders in technology and education shared innovative ideas used to reduce device loss and theft across a variety of populations.

10 Tips for Buying a Back to School Laptop


With more and more students and teachers using a laptop computer for both school and home, there are more laptop computer models than ever offering the latest features

Laptop Mag Selects: Dell Chromebook 3189 Review


Dell's Chromebook 3189 is a flexible 2-in-1 with a durable chassis and strong audio

Move Over, Laptop Ban. This Professor Teaches a 5-Hour Tech-Less Reading Class.


David Peña-Guzman starts off his Friday class at San Francisco State University like any other professor might: students file in and pull out their note-taking materials, and he opens his laptop to begin lecture. Some faculty members point to research showing how laptops can be more of a distraction than a learning enabler. When the syllabus says no laptops unless you have a disability, it automatically sort of outs those students,” he said.

Best Back-to-School Desktops and Laptops for 2019


Explore the latest and greatest computer gear for the classroom, from Chromebooks to creative to gaming

#ThrowbackThursday - One Laptop Per Child

The Innovative Educator

Today we''ll look at The Innovative Educator''s early coverage of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC). Written : April 4, 2008 Topic : Low cost laptops Background : With the advent of these low-cost learning tools, teaching in a one-to-one environment will become more and more prevalent. Who might be interested : Anyone who is using low cost laptops who is interested in how they came into being. Reader question : How have low cost laptops changed what happens where you work?

Roberts Family Donates $5 Million For Laptops for Philadelphia Students


Funding Will Help Support the Purchase of 50,000 Chromebooks by The Philadelphia School District for Online Learning

Note Taking in Lectures: Laptops or Longhand?

Leadership Lounge

A recent New York Times article, Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting , resumed the debate over whether laptops and other digital devices should be banned from classrooms, and if students should only be allowed to take lecture notes longhand and on paper. And she extends her case against laptops to include high school classrooms, as well as workplace meetings. Perhaps we doodlers were less distracting to those around us than current laptop users.

This software turns old laptops into new Chromebooks

eSchool News

Using device-agnostic software called Neverware, districts are breathing new life into old laptops. When Waller Independent School District of Waller, Texas, decided to start upgrading its laptops and desktops to Windows 7 in 2014, the district had one big concern: time. After years of using Chromebooks alongside its traditional laptops, school leaders were anticipating lightning-fast boot up times from their new investments.

Why one Mississippi district ditched textbooks for laptops

The Hechinger Report

He used that money to buy enough laptops and iPads for every high school student to have their own device, and for every elementary and middle school student to have access to a device in their classroom. The post Why one Mississippi district ditched textbooks for laptops appeared first on The Hechinger Report. Two student at Greenville’s Em Boyd Elementary, work on a science project on an iPad.

20 Of The Best Laptops Of 2016

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 20 Of The Best Laptops Of 2016 appeared first on TeachThought. Technology General New Teacher

zSpace Unveils World’s First AR/VR Laptop


CHICAGO – June 25, 2018 – According to a national study by , schools with one-to-one laptop environments show higher levels of academic achievement. Now with today’s launch of the world’s first augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR) laptop from Silicon Valley company, zSpace Inc.,

State offers laptops as trade-in for school iPads

eSchool News

Students, teachers cite increased game-playing on iPads and ask for laptops to use for educational purposes. After hearing students and teachers overwhelmingly say iPad computers are used to play games in class, while laptops are better for schoolwork, Auburn and other Maine districts are sending iPads packing and returning to laptops. The results were overwhelmingly in favor of laptops: 88.5

Laptop Ban? Things You Can Do With Just a Smartphone


The laptop ban on this route came into effect shortly before my trip and it would have been really inconvenient for me to re-route. I also heard it’s quite risky to check your laptop in the luggage (you risk theft, damage, or at least loss – until the airlines can guarantee these things won’t happen, I won’t check my laptop or iPad in checked luggage). Productivity laptop ban smartphoneI recently had a conference in London, and I was flying I direct from Cairo.

Lenovo’s big updates to laptop and tablet lines

eSchool News

At the CES show in Las Vegas this week, Lenovo has introduced new upgrades to its laptop and tablet lines, adding faster speeds, new accessories, and lighter weights for a number of its product lines, such as ThinkPad tablets, its YOGA laptop-tablet hybrid, and ideapad laptops. YOGA 900S (pictured above) is a portable, convertible laptop that is noticeably lighter than previous models at 12.8 The Windows 10 laptop features up to 10.5