In the Minerva Programme's Web@Classroom project, teachers, students and researchers at schools in Portugal, Spain, Ireland, and the United Kingdom have worked together collaboratively to use wireless technology in innovative ways. They have maintained e-mail contact, exchanging information, ideas and cultural detail which has encouraged discussion and promoted greater cross cultural understanding which the students, in particular, have valued. As one 11 year old student said: "We can all learn about other countries and the way people live".
The use of laptops allowed the students to have greater access to a computer in order to work individually. Previously, there had been limited access to an old computer suite or to a single stand-alone computer in the classroom. This made it very difficult for a whole class to be set an ICT task. Using the laptops and the wireless technology, as one teacher explained: "We often see students walking around the school with a laptop, making measurements or conducting a survey and inputting the data as they go. It has made the ICT much more accessible. The student's skills have improved so much that they have much higher than expected skills, especially compared to students from other schools, when they move on to their secondary school."
The aim of the Web@Classroom project was to investigate the effects of having the technology in the classroom. This web guide aims to show what we discovered.
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