I teach 4th grade in a small, rural town at a school with a large percentage of students who receive free or reduced-price lunch.
4th graders are at an amazing age where they are more mature, but still excited about learning and school and I believe that it is my job to help foster this love of learning and exploration.
We spend our days adding to our wonder wall, growing our schema through reading, and sharing topics that excite us. Our classroom has flexible seating; students learn which style of seat works best with their learning style and have choices to help them be their best every day. 4th graders are very active and need multiple opportunities to move around to help keep them focused.
Right now we have very limited technology access in our classroom. We have an iPad cart that we get one day a week, and sometimes have access to a computer lab; however, I'm not able to teach students how to access information in an authentic way without technology in our room.
Not all students have access to technology at home in order to acquire important digital skills and it's up to schools to provide an environment in which there is equity with access to technology.
My students will use these Chromebooks daily in ways that include but are not limited to: researching "wonder" questions, transcribing text and writing for reluctant writers, publishing writing for an authentic audience on our class blog, coding, accessing digital learning experiences that present content in a fun and engaging way and much more. I'll also be able to differentiate content more easily for some of my learners who need information presented in a different way.
2018 Newest HP 11.6” HD IPS Touchscreen Chromebook with 3x Faster WiFi - Intel Dual-Core Celeron N3060 up to 2.48 GHz, 4GB Memory, 16GB eMMC, HDMI, Bluetooth, USB 3.1, 12-Hours Battery Life
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