I am proud to teach science and engineering to a group of diverse kindergarten, first, and second graders. On a typical day there are 180 vibrant and exuberant learners in my classroom. I feel fortunate to teach science and engineering to these young minds every year. Their natural curiosity and love for science is second to none. Throughout the school year, my students take on many different roles as scientist and engineers. One day they may be a botanist learning about different plants and their adaptations, the next day, they are bio-engineers creating membranes based on the properties of frogs' skin or even electrical engineers building circuits. These kids are truly amazing!
My favorite thing about my students is their willingness to learn from their experiences and understand that failure is a natural part of the process in science and engineering.
Nothing is more rewarding than seeing their transformation between kindergarten and second grade. I love to watch them grow and show their determination to persevere. Their ability to use their creativity to solve problems and their skills to communicate and work together are tools that will make them productive members in their communities throughout their lives.
We are in need of iPads for our kindergarten through second grade science and engineering classroom. The use of technology in the classroom will help students dig deeper into their science concepts through the use of different science apps like First 8 Studios, Planet Earth, NASA, and many more. The Next Generation Science Standards asks our students to obtain, evaluate, and communicate information from multiple sources. Having iPads in the classroom will allow my younger students to accomplish this through the use of videos, images, science simulations, and the ability to research age-appropriate science articles.
The use of iPads in the classroom will also give students the opportunity to communicate their new understanding of different science phenomena!
I also plan to use the iPads as a way for students to creatively connect with their classmates and parents to share what they have learned in science and engineering class. Students can use the technology to create videos, a Prezi, use the Padlet application, or maybe even start our own STEM learning channel. When given the opportunity to create, the possibilities are endless.
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