The DIY Computer Lab

A session at BIT16 - BringIT,Together 2016

Friday 11th November, 2016

2:00pm to 2:50pm (EST)

We're used to being handed locked down, turn key computer labs by our school boards, but this approach doesn't teach technological understanding. The future of technology is diverse and individualized and we should be striving to encourage a deeper understanding so that students can find the devices and software that suit their needs. Many boards have suggested BYOD as a solution, but this amplifies socio-economic differences that public schools should be trying to mitigate. There is another way.

I'm a teacher who gave back the lab that was given to me. Over the past two years I've developed a digital learning space that is made by students at the beginning of each semester. Students build PCs, upgrade parts and install software. In doing so they learn how to build current and relevant technology to suit their own needs.

In this presentation I'll explain the process, costs (and free things!) as well as how the lab works on a day to day basis. DIY computer access offers students a chance to become authors of their technology use instead of being mere users. In our case this had yielded provincial champions in information technology and empowered students into high demand, high tech post graduate programs.

Author your #edtech use to amplify your learning.


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Timothy King

Struggling against the impending future. Teacher, writer, visual artist. Mixing technological optimism with philosophical pragmatism since 1969.

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  • Timothy King
  • Greg Clarke

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Time 2:00pm2:50pm EST

Date Fri 11th November 2016

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