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Google Docs Research Tool

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I discovered google doc’s research tool by accident but am I ever glad I did.

This powerful tool allows you to search for related webpages, scholarly articles, images and quotes without leaving your google document. You can also insert citations and links with the click of a button.

Even more impressively, it allows you to use advanced image search options to filter the images it finds for ones that are free to use and share. And, if you’re using google presentations, you can search for, preview and directly embed YouTube videos all while staying in your presentation.

The ease and convenience of Google’s tools gets better and better, and the research tool is a perfect example.

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1:1 Laptop Programs – Resources

A couple of weeks ago I found out my school has a proposal on the table for piloting a laptop program.
I wanted to know more about the subject and see what other schools were doing so I could feel informed when helping the Technology committee and my colleagues with this initiative.
So last weekend I asked my (very) small twitter PLN for some resources on starting a 1:1 program.  I was thrilled with the response I got – thanks to @langwitches, I was not only led to a bunch of very useful resources, my PLN more than tripled in size.
So thanks @langwitches and @cybraryman1 for the resources, and thanks to the community of educators on twitter for making me feel so welcome.
Here are a list of useful resources I found for planning, implementing, and evaluating a successful 1:1 laptop program:
(The resources include an academic journal, various websites, a newsletter, blog entries, etc.  I found many other sources, lists, websites and wikis – but these were the most relevant for my purpose of finding out how other schools plan, implement, and evaluate 1:1 laptop programs at their schools.  Please feel free to suggest other relevant sources in the comments.)


Bebell, D. & O’Dwyer, L.M. (2010). Educational Outcomes and Research from
1:1 Computing Settings. Journal of Technology, Learning, and Assessment, 9(1).
This edition of the journal is a research paper that compiles the data collected from 4 separate studies of 1:1 programs.  There is some excellent concrete information about the benefits of a laptop program in relation to student engagement and motivation.


Queensland Government. “1-to-1 Learning”
Smart Classrooms. The State of Queensland (Department of Education and Training) 2010.
This site has really clear information and is easy to navigate.  Some great links.


Queensland Government. (2010) 21 Steps to 21st Century 1-to-1 Success.
The Smart Classrooms Bytes Newsletter, 2.
This edition of the Smart Classroom Bytes Newsletter is a 21 step guide to planning and implementing a successful 1:1 program.  The document has handy checklists in the sidebar that help direct you through the 21 steps.

Angus King. “Getting Started in a 1-to-1 Classroom Video Series”.
What I love about this series of videos is that it emphasises the role of the teacher in 1:1 programs.  Angus King, (former Maine Governor and series narrator),  stresses that the reason Maine is at the forefront of the laptop in schools movement is that right from the beginning, their focus has been on learning and teaching – not on technology.


Anytime Anywhere Learning Foundation. “21 Steps to 21st Century Learning”.
This website’s 21 steps are broken down into 4 phases – Planning, Preparation, Implementation, and Review.  Very clear site.  Easy to read bullets and lots of useful links.




This outside consulting agency offers many services, but it’s online 1:1 Readiness Assessment is free and can help your school determine whether or not they are prepared to launch their program.

Blog Entries


Kim Cofino. “Going 1:1: Top 5 Insights from ASB Unplugged”
Kim Cofino’s blog entry on Going 1:1 was really useful in highlighting 5 essential ingredients to any successful 1:1 program.  I especially liked that Cofino was coming from an International School perspective which applied directly to my research.


Chris Ludwig. “1:1 Laptop Programs: Shifting the Way Students Learn”

Chris Ludwig highlighted alternatives to 1:1 programs by giving us a look at how he uses a shared set of classroom laptops in his science classroom.  Great links on Ludwig’s post include his ‘Technology Boot Camp’ prezi and his Moodle site.