Our school is a small project-based public charter school (200 students, Kinder through 8th grade). Our school is located downtown in our small city. Our school is free and students are enrolled through a lottery system. Students come from every demographic.
These students are scientists, artists, musicians, poets or anything else they can dream up.
That is the beauty of this age group. I love how kindergarten students play through learning. I love how they see the world with so many possibilities.
There are new and innovative ways to individualize learning in the classroom. An iPad will give my students the opportunity to share their learning in the classroom in unique ways that aren't always available to little learners because they are still developing reading and writing skills. Programs, like Seesaw, allow students to share their learning in ways that better suit their developmental level and personal learning styles. "Seesaw is a simple way to build a digital portfolio in any K-12 classroom." Seesaw allows students creative license and easy sharing with parents.
The computers in our classroom have become outdated and don't always work.
Many quality graphic-heavy applications are not available to us because of our outdated computers. The students love learning with Abcmouse, Zearn, iStation, Epic, and Starfall. My hope is to slowly replace these old computers with a small set of iPads. Receiving a new iPad will put us on the path to better technology use in the classroom.
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