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Re: [K12OSN] One or two to a PC

A better method for having students work together might be to move to a "Sourceforge model" (for lack of a better term) and have the PC:Student ratio 1:1 on boxes, but 2:1 or more:1 on projects. That way, students can still work together on the same program, but be able to share each other's knowledge and learn more from each other during the process. I found this to work quite well with both Java and Perl.

Joseph Morelock
Instructional Media Services Director
Canby High School
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On Tuesday, May 14, 2002, at 12:50 , Dan Young wrote:

A purely practical consideration for the 2:1 kid/computer ratio:

Most labs laid out for a 1:1 ratio. The students are crammed in elbow to elbow bumping their peers at the station next to them. Here's my mediocre ascii art (I'm eating lunch while I draw :-) )

|---| |---| |---| |---|
|   | |   | |   | |   |
|---| |---| |---| |---|
 0 0   0 0   0 0   0 0
     ^     ^     ^
0s are students; ^ indicates where elbows are bumping.

Otherwise I like the idea for pairing up for problem solving intensive situations.

-Dan Young
-Parkrose School District

Warwick Chapman wrote:
A general Q
Anyone have any theories as to whether 1 student to 1 PC is better than 2 students to 1 PC as far as rate and thoroughness of learning is concerned.
In many ways, I feel 2 to a PC is better. Especially on introduction to programming type courses...
Warwick Chapman

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