-I’ve used LabPros for several years so it wasn’t a big step for me to use the 'new and improved' LabQuests which have the display built into the interface--no more need for connecting calculators or computers! However, even though I had this prior experience, it took a while to be able to use the LabQuest fluidly. They are a great tool and students loved them I used them at least 1 time every 2 weeks with different lessons. The 9th grade students, including my ‘sheltered’ students (ELL), got pretty good at using them.
-I had to deal with some issues as they came up this year including how to organize them along with the power supply, Ed and I designed a special carrying case just for them. Also, they were freezing up so until I upgraded the firmware, that was a problem I had to deal with.
-Students loved to use them and seeing data on a graph as the experiment is happening is a powerful learning experience.
Really, all went great and I expect to continue to use them in classes and share them with my science colleagues. Here's some background info I've created:
• Concept map telling overview of the parts of the LabQuest System (with images).
• Concept map that puts the LabQuest in a larger context.
• Flow map that explains the steps for a good LabQuest introductory activity called, ‘hot hands’.