My Native American students are unique, visual, and intuitive. They perform better to culturally responsive teaching and they love to work in cooperative teams. Technology has opened a window for them to explore and go beyond the boundaries of their beautiful landscape at the reservation.
This past school year proved to be very successful implementing a project-based/problem-solving STEM class where students where able to learn Common Core Standards and create hands-on projects.
My students are very creative and insightful and I was delighted that this teaching approach addressed the different learning styles represented in my classroom.
In addition, their geographical isolation has made them more reflective about the world around them. I want to offer them the best classroom environment to quench their curiosity and develop their STEM projects in a more comfortable atmosphere.
Just recently I learned about Chromebooks and Google Classroom. We were very fortunate to qualify for a free Google Classroom school-wide account. I've been teaching my students about the "cloud" and how I can post assignments and they can submit them without printing them and waste so much paper. We have recycling in place at our school, but the idea of a paper free environment entices my students. They have all the information they need at their fingertips by using a Chromebook. My classroom is a project base learning environment. We use a lot of household materials to build projects, but at the same time we conduct a lot of research and use several digital curricula.
I visualize my students using these requested three Dell Chromebooks conducting research, typing papers and carrying their Chromebooks to interact with their peers and share ideas.
Chromebooks are very light and ideal for small group instruction.
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