"Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought, or an event." Heidi-Hayes Jacobs
I teach Language Arts to 6th-8th grade students.
They are wonderfully creative groups of students that struggle with reading and writing. My students are hardworking and benefit greatly from using technology to help them improve their skills. Even though many of them struggle with grammar, spelling, writing, and reading fluency, they quickly pick up hands-on skills required to operate technological devices. Using computers reduces the struggle of completing assignments and lets them focus more on the learning process.
I have been moving toward a technology rich classroom for several years, because I have seen how effective it is with students who struggle to get thoughts on paper. This is my first year using Chromebooks and Google Classroom. My students have adapted to Google Classroom very quickly and have been more successful in assignment completion with a greater rate in creativity and accuracy. Through the use of Chromebooks, my students are journaling, completing vocabulary and grammar assignments, learning to type, taking assessments, and AR tests. Also, through Google, we are able to share, collaborate, and create stories at the same time - seeing our shared work and feedback instantly.
Currently, our limited number of Chromebooks are being shared between four classrooms.
I would like to increase our total number so that each student will have a Chromebook available everyday. Computer technology is a valuable tools for teaching students that struggle with pencil and paper. Having Chromebooks for each student will decrease their academic frustrations and increase their productivity and acquisition of knowledge.
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