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. I am on a mission to replace our outdated desktop computers with iPads that will facilitate creative expression in my kindergarten learners. 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.
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.
Our old computers can't handle the graphic-heavy applications that work best with young learners. The students love the music, activities, games, and fun characters they encounter with high quality educational programs like Abcmouse, Zearn, iStation, Epic, and Starfall. Receiving a new iPad will put us on the path to more developmentally appropriate technology use in our classroom.
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