My students need 2 iPads in order to learn and develop new ways to research, share, and present their thoughts, ideas, and creativity!
Kids these days! All they want to do is play video games and watch TV. But what if they could play video games while learning? What if they could create their own "TV. shows"? What if they were able to research the information and skills we are learning in the way that interests them the most?
I work at a Title 1 school, which means that over 90% of my students receive free and reduced lunch.
Most of my students don't have much, but you might never guess it by all the smiles and giggles. They have larger-than-life personalities, tenacity, heart, respect, patience, tolerance, creativity, friendship, camaraderie, and resourcefulness. They aren't perfect by any means, but they are hard workers. I have two classes: both with various needs. My homeroom is an ESE-inclusion room. There are 7 students with varying exceptionalities including: SLD, autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia, and social/emotional delays. The majority of my second class consists of students at various ELL (English Language Learner) stages. Though many of these children struggle in more ways than one, they come to school with positive attitudes, a great sense of humor, and they know the importance of giving their best effort. They truly are an outstanding group of kids.
There are many ways that technology through iPads can help inspire, engage, and enhance my students' learning. Though they can set up a video game in a jiffy, they don't know the first thing about how to research a subject. They haven't been shown how to create a PowerPoint presentation, a podcast, a final draft document, or an iMovie. I plan to utilize the iPads to help them with a few of these things. I want them to create presentations on content we learn in creative and innovative ways that will help ready them for high school, college, and future careers. We've also implemented a behavior management system called "Classroom Dojo" - is a cute/fun app that helps keep students accountable for their behavior. It would be much more beneficial for each table group to be able to activate the app from their seats to get more student buy-in. I would truly love to see them use their creativity and sense of humor to create iMovies on content we've learned.
The iPads will be used for various projects and in a number of different ways.
They'll make learning more exciting, encourage creative thinking, while also preparing them for the real world. My students already have many obstacles that they face each day. I want to give them the opportunity to learn and use technology in a way that will prepare them for tomorrow.
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