Magazine article Teach

Anytime, Anywhere Learning

Magazine article Teach

Anytime, Anywhere Learning

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Imagine a school where every student has his or her own portable computer, uses it like a pencil and paper, can learn anytime or anywhere, and can produce the caliber of work that would be accepted in boardrooms around the world.

In this school every teacher has his or her own portable computer, communicates with parents and students by e-mail, collaborates with other teachers online, and can integrate technology into the curriculum anytime, anywhere.

Imagine -- that's what some schools around the world have done, and this fall Canadian educators too will have an opportunity to turn this vision into reality when Microsoft Canada and Compaq Canada Inc. introduce the Anytime, Anywhere Learning vision. It's a simple yet powerful idea, a landscape in which all students have access to a personal computer and information online, allowing them to pursue individual paths of learning. And, in this landscape, learning does not result from access alone but from continuous dynamic interaction among students, educators, parents and the extended community.

This past year, two Canadian schools, Compagnons de Cartier, and Trinity College School developed models to extend their own classroom capabilities through the implementation of laptop technology. They couldn't be more impressed with the results.

When the two schools first heard about Anytime, Anywhere Learning -- a vision based on students having 24 hour, 7 days a week access to laptop computers -- they knew it was a vision in line with their own ideas around technology's role in education.

"We wanted to give students the ability to learn anytime, anywhere, whether they were at home, in the classroom, at a friend's house or in a library," says Mark Miller, an English Language Arts teacher at Compagnons-de-Cartier.

Unlimited access to technology has provided students with new and exciting opportunities to pursue their own individual learning paths. …

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