Our classroom is home to two half-day preschool classes, so we have twenty students in the morning and twenty students in the afternoon (forty students total!). Our students are mostly ages three to four, with some five-year-olds. The classroom is also blended, meaning that some students are general education students and some have special needs.
Our students are inquisitive learners, so they love to explore, play and ask questions.
We do a lot of work with letter sounds, counting, read-clouds, vocabulary, science, social studies, learning how to be a good friend, learning how to follow a routine and how to work and play in a school setting.
Our students have a wide range of strengths and needs, so it's important to our classroom team to provide them with technology that promotes exploring and learning, while allowing for differentiation. Thank you for taking an interest in our classroom and students!
In our classroom, we have a very diverse group of learners. This means that not all students can access learning new concepts in the same way. Therefore, introducing hands-on technology with an iPad can allow more students to engage in new academic concepts. While some students may learn about concepts of counting and one-to-one correspondence through blocks or books, some students do better when they're using visual manipulatives and tools. Additionally, several of our students who have needs related to attention love to be read to, but group story time can be overwhelming and difficult to sit through. With reading apps, students who have difficulty during story time can still get access to read-alouds, in a more individualized way. In science, we can use iPads to explore the daily weather, identify different types of leaves and learn about animals. In art, students with sensory needs can use the iPads to create "paintings" or "drawings" without having to engage in using items that may cause sensory overload.
By introducing iPads into our classroom tools, students with specific sensory needs, attention needs and fine motor needs can learn, explore and grow in more accessible ways.
Our goal is to use the iPads in a way that enhances student learning, as opposed to taking away from play time. By carefully selecting apps, creating clear boundaries of use for the iPads. Promoting the concept of "sharing", we are confident that our students will benefit from the new technology.
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