I have been teaching for fifteen years, and yet still feel as fresh and hopeful about my work as the day I began. At scant moments when my resolve falters, within seconds a flood of images, sounds, and smiles spill forth to remind me of just how privileged I am to do this work.
This work--at moments both big and small--is all about the kids.
As such, as I move about in the world, I am always thinking of the work and the kids--they are so curious, and so ready to demystify what can seem oblique and impenetrable. In our classroom, moving from abstract ideas to concrete models and solutions is an extremely satisfying (albeit it seemingly endless) pursuit, and my co-teacher and I strive to make content and concepts as dynamic and real-world friendly as possible. This is rich and layered work, and the kids respond in kind. We love what we do, and the only real downside is there is never enough time in the short, short year to get it all in.
Enter the most powerful tool known to today's teacher, the Chromebook. Technology should never, ever be a substitute for hands-on, experiential learning, but responsible and purposeful engagement with tech tools must be a part of every classroom, period.
We are requesting four Acer Chromebook R 11 Convertible laptops to enrich classroom instruction.
In our classroom, Chromebooks allow students to send e-mail to pen pals, draft informational and personal essays, complete math tasks, perform research and more.
There are simply too many children who are not exposed to technology as a tool for active learning, and only know how to use a tablet to log onto to passively consume copious amounts of media. Thoughtful media consumption and purposeful technology use is not part of our scripted curriculum, but now more than ever we are making it part of our daily plan.
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