My students need an iPad to help launch them into the future!
"I love technology," said William Shatner. My students quote William Shatner all the time, of course unknowingly!
I have twenty-three energetic little first graders.
My students are quite motivated and willing to go the extra steps necessary to learn in the classroom. Although the majority of my students are classified as English language learners, all of them face the challenge of accessing the curriculum. They are cheery, chatty first graders, with a great deal of curiosity and imagination. My students enjoy technology; however, our current classroom technology is not only limited but somewhat archaic.
Like many schools in California, our school faces budgetary restraints each year. Although we have been told that updates to our school technology will be made, the prospect of this happening any time soon is bleak.
Our class currently has one iPad. With another iPad in our classroom, twenty-three students would not have to share this one piece of technology. Presently, having one iPad causes a degree of inequity because not all students are able to access the iPad during the day. No matter how hard we work on a schedule that will allow all students to use this precious piece of technology, we just cannot manage to provide everyone with his or her fair share of time on the iPad.
Another iPad will mean that when we are obligated to surrender our iPad when it is needed elsewhere in our school, we will still have one that we can use.
I have assigned students to applications that will help them practice specific skills they are working on. Having two iPads would certainly serve to accommodate more students. We share our one iPad to access sites such as Accelerated Reader, a site that allows students to take quizzes on books read. Accelerated Reader works great as a motivator for reading!
Another way we use our one and only iPad is to access information on the spot, providing an instantaneous learning bridge for vocabulary words and other concepts.
This was the case when we were learning about the shuttle Endeavour.
The fact is that the iPad's mobility makes it an invaluable tool that can go anywhere, anytime in the room.
Lastly, I have to choose either to allow the students access to the iPad or to use it myself as a teaching tool; more often than not, I allow for the former.
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