My students need opportunities to feel successful by learning at their academic level, and the iPad is a way to engage and educate them! Technology is the future!
It has become increasingly difficult for educators to provide the high quality, well-rounded educational experience students deserve. Right now more than 90% of scholars are reading below grade level, some by 3+ years. This problem needs a creative solution! I believe using technology is the key!
In our first year of existence, our Elementary Scholars will tackle the challenges surrounding literacy.
Our school, located in Tennessee, operates with the mission of "College for Certain." Knowing that reading is a necessary skill for success both in college and in life, we've made it the highest priority for our scholars. Using the cookie cutter curriculum materials will not close the achievement gap - a new approach needs to be taken. To think outside the box, I am hoping to utilize technology to do a lot of differentiating and meeting kids at their just right levels. Engaging them with web based videos, learning activities, and tracking their behavior and motivation through a online program called Class Dojo will make a huge difference in their academic performance and motivation. Along with that, my organization of behavior data will improve. With technology, I know our scholars will rise from the bottom 5% of the nation to the top 5%!
Technology can do wonders, and I know that with the help of an iPad, I can be a more effective educator. There are many "tricks" of the trade, but there's no surprise that children respond well to the use of technology. An iPad allows me, the teacher, to differentiate instruction for a wide range of learners. By the click of a button, I can download an application that serves a student with specific needs. Along with that, students who face challenges with motivation to learn, they immediately feel more invested and willing to try these learning activities when presented on an iPad. Sometimes they lose track of time and don't realize that they've been focused for 15 minutes, learning at their just right level, and having fun at the same time. Now an iPad doesn't replace good teaching, but boy does it help!
The iPad gives me, the teacher, opportunities to keep track of student motivation and behavior through a web-based program called Class Dojo.
Most of all, kids love it!
This is so important because reading really is a foundation to life.
The numbers don't lie. Being at the bottom 5% of the nation is a harsh reality, but I know that there are things out there that can give educators the support needed to face that challenge. There is no silver bullet, but I know that this iPad will bring about positive change in the attitude, motivation, and engagement of my scholars. Please donate to bring the joy of reading to their fingertips!
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