Managing the 1-on-1 iPad or Laptop Classroom

Laptop Writing and Thinking

The 2011 FNO Paris Mini Conference
October 20-21 2011

Résidence Richemont

17, rue Jean Colly - 75013 Paris

After all the money spent on laptops,
how much has student reading comprehension, problem-solving and writing improved?

It takes more than good equipment to see results.

Why not come to Paris for an exciting two day seminar with Jamie McKenzie and then stay for the weekend?

Whether you work in a classroom with 8, 12 or 30 laptops or have started experimenting with iPads, chances are this seminar will serve you well and help you to identify strategies that will optimize student learning.

Join Jamie McKenzie for two days of nitty gritty,
practical strategies to optimize your school's return
on investment in terms of student learning.

You can register and pay on line for this conference

Jamie McKenzie is an international speaker and writer who has devoted his career to understanding how to nurture the questioning skills of students. He is the author of several books that explore that challenge in depth. He has also been working with laptop classrooms for more than a decade, identifying those strategies that work best.

Jamie McKenzie's resume

All participants should bring their wireless equipped laptops to the seminar, as the workshop includes hands-on activities. There will be wireless access to the Internet.

How can schools make sure laptops actually contribute to student performance?

Schedule of Events

Thursday 20 October 2011

8:45 AM - Registration

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (with a mid morning break)

Managing the Laptop Classroom to Get Results:
Effective Pedagogy

Many schools have underfunded professional development to support teachers as they consider the best ways to use new technologies with students. The PD they do offer is usually about driving the software and equipment rather than effective instruction.  In this session, Jamie outlines many of the moves, tactics, tricks and strategies required to win attention and student success in hands-on laptop classrooms.  He argues that pedagogy does matter and that PD should focus on how to manage such learning environments.

A successful lesson results from mindful devotion to the following elements, each of which will be in this presentation:

1. Lesson objectives, content and design
2. Classroom landscape
3. Classroom culture
4. Teaching moves, strategies, tactics and procedures
5. Equipment
6. Assessment procedures

An effective teacher knows how to orchestrate these elements to match the characteristics of the students, adapting to each group as the lesson proceeds.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Addressing Tech A.D.D. (Technology Attention Deficit Disorder)

Some students (and adults) suffer from what Jamie calls Tech A.D.D. (Technology Attention Deficit Disorder - defined in the Urban Dictionary) but many argue that the young are a special breed — digital natives who are supposedly superior to their elders because they grew up immersed in things digital. In this session, challenges this notion, arguing that it masks serious issues and challenges teachers, schools and families should be addressing. He differentiates between facile, glib and sure-fingered on the one hand and deep, thoughtful and proficient on the other hand. He introduces his Tech A.D.D. Quiz and suggests a half dozen strategies to counter the drift toward Tech A.D.D.

Studying Complex Concepts such as Beauty, Truth and Courage in Depth

Students are rarely challenged to dig down deep in order to create rich definitions of complex ideas. In this session Jamie shows how teachers can use a series of digital explorations to deepen and extend students' understanding of such concepts. Students learn that dictionaries usually pay short shrift to complex ideas, and they even learn to improve the definitions they encounter.

Friday 21 October 2011

8:45 AM - Registration

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (with lunch on your own from noon to 1:00)

Laptop Writing and Thinking:
Secrets of Success

An entire day devoted to best practices.

If you believe that the best professional development involves learning by doing, then this is the perfect workshop for you.

Designed with teachers of upper elementary, middle and high school in mind, this session will focus especially on persuasive writing across several disciplines — science, social studies, language arts, the arts, etc.

Laptops could make a huge difference in the quality of student writing, but it takes some cleverness and strategy to realize that promise. Schools with laptops will see a major improvement in student writing when they teach students how idea processing and word processing can combine thanks to exciting software.

Jamie will involve the group in a process that takes advantage of mind mapping software, idea generators and synthesis strategies along with concept attainment, enrichment of vocabulary and the Traits of Effective Writing — all tailored to exploit the potential of laptops and electronic text.

You will experience first hand a mix of writing and thinking techniques that turn a laptop into a powerful tool for expression.

Participants will bring their own wireless laptops.

Workshop costs below.
Space is limited.
You can register and pay on line for this conference at


Full Conference - $300.00 USD (about 210 Euros)

Single Day - $175.00 USD (about 123 Euros)

Coffee breaks and lunch are not provided
as part of the package.

Questions? Email

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You can register and pay on line for this conference