As a teacher in a low income/high poverty school I want to provide more real-life connections so that my classroom is not just a place to learn, but a place to experience growth, social-emotional connections, and becomes a place where innovators are born.
Our small charter school allows students to have more individual attention, facilitates ongoing student assessment, allows each child to be known and feel a part of the school community.
Our school has always been a “stand out from the others” school and this year has been no exception. We are integrating the STEAM approach to our school community and emphasizing inquiry, collaboration, and process-based learning.
This year we are focusing more on STEAM education in our school and having iPads to use for the technology piece would make more real-life connections. My students will watch videos, research topics, as well as post pictures and videos to our class website for their parents to experience at home. Student’s will also use the iPads to record themselves reading a story for the first time and listen to their recording. They can then score themselves using a rubric that measures their fluency, expression, pacing, and rate. Students can play reading and math games and use the dictionaries to find the definition of vocabulary words. They can listen to stories and follow along to provide access to literature and introduce new genres. Students can use map applications to reinforce important map skills such as cardinal and intermediate directions. They can listen to different genres of music and upload their art and projects to post.
Integrating more technology into the classroom will help students understand and comprehend information for longer periods of time especially math and science.
Students will embrace a new way of learning and enjoy using the new technology. New technology will change the way I interact with the students and allow me to personalize my teaching to suit the students. Students will also be motivated to come to school and participate in a meaningful way.
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