What I love most about my students is that despite facing obstacles coming from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, they work hard to reach their learning goals. My fifth graders range from ages 10-11 years old. Although they are young, they understand the importance of educating themselves and what it takes. They are motivated even though they don't have the shiniest or newest resources available to them at home or even in their classrooms.
My students know where they come from, but they don't allow the odds to limit how they learn and who they are.
I've seen what my students can do with minimal resources. I believe their eagerness matched with the right tools in their hands could cause great world change one day.
I respect my students for their high resilience at such a critical age. They truly deserve the best and more! Additional inspiration for the children creates growth for not only their education but their overall development as our future leaders.
My dream is for my students to use the iPad to get more creative in our classroom. As a science teacher, I am an advocate for STEM education. This project will support my students to learn how to work with technology now and for the future.
We stick to the usual pencil and poster method when it comes to projects and portfolios; however, this world is evolving in technology and my students are falling behind.
Students in other districts have had 1-1 access to this type of deluxe technology for years and it has become a standard in some schools. In my classroom, there is a 1:4 ratio of laptop to students. These laptops are outdated with what we can do now with technology. With the iPad, keyboard and pencil, I have ideas on how these things could heighten the learning dynamic of our classroom.
First example: Students take turns during independent work to answer questions on a forum such as Google Classroom by typing out an answer (need for keyboard) and supplement their response with a drawing (need for pencil). Think about all the paper this would save! This allows students to make this simple check for understanding more personal.
Second example: Students create online portfolios that can easily travel with them as they move onward to middle and high school. We create portfolios of all our class projects at the end of the school year and it breaks my heart to think of all these beautiful masterpieces in a garbage bin by summer time. When students know their work can easily be archived without wasting resources, they will aspire to create something worth while.
Once my students are caught up and engaged in this world of technology, they will uptake a completely new journey in life.
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