My first graders are an amazing group of students with diverse interests, abilities, and backgrounds. Some of my students are learning to blend letter sounds, while others are reading chapter books. Within our diverse classroom community however, they all share a relentless curiosity for learning and for engaging themselves in any challenge.
They are naturally inquisitive and enthusiastic when engaging with technology, and are learning to use a variety of tools to communicate with and to learn about the world around them.
The use of iPads in the classroom will help my students develop skills in collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication. Students will be using them to create videos to share their thinking with a broader audience. They will be making videos about the books they are reading, about the stories they are writing, and about the math problems they are solving to deepen their understanding in all content areas.
Not only will these iPads increase student engagement, they will help to differentiate instruction and support students who need a little extra help.
They will be used in small group interventions to help struggling students to meet standards. They will also provide opportunities for those students who are ready for the next level of learning to access apps that will extend their learning.
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