"Hey did you tweet your assignment?" "Oh cool five of my classmates liked my Seesaw post." "I'm so glad my mom liked my Seesaw post. It's so cool that she gets to see my what we're doing at school." These are phrases commonly heard with excitement in our fifth grade classrooms. It's rewarding as a teacher to hear the excitement from students and parents about our digital classrooms. Digital literacy is must in our technology literate world.
Our school serves students in K - 5th grade and provides rigorous and relevant academics through top notch teachers.
As a result, our school was named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. As a blue ribbon school we have achieved overall academic excellence and have demonstrated for three consecutive years that all students can achieve at high levels. Our students leave elementary school prepared to soar in middle school, high school, and beyond.
Everyday we strive to imbed technology in each of our lessons, but each day it is very difficult because of the lack of resources for our students. Being knowledgeable with technology in today's world is a must. We have an obligation to make sure our children have digital literacy. This knowledge will put them ahead in the work force and will benefit employers. The blended classroom approach will give our students the necessary tools to navigate, create, collaborate, innovate, communicate, and self direct all while mastering the common core curriculum.
These iPads will be tools of learning and will be used every day, all day in our 5th grade classroom.
They will ensure differentiated instruction, efficient assessment, and an increase in access to teachers. My students are creating a collaborative learning environment within the classroom and outside of the four walls of the classroom. Through the use of Seesaw, students are posting work and creating a digital portfolio to showcase their work. This is a skill that will be required of these students as they prepare to enter the work force. We have choices in our learning and those choices include apps to demonstrate mastery of core curriculum, challenge us to critically think about real world problems and solutions, and collaborate as a team. We can take virtual field trips. Learning can come alive for us. We can create multimedia presentations to demonstrate our learning. We can creatively collaborate with our classmates. We can collaborate with our teachers outside of the classroom and receive immediate feedback regarding our progress of standards. Student engagement will increase; achievement will increase; and these students will be ready to face the challenges of technology in the work force. All this can happen when we have access to the technology and in students' hands.
|Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display ME279LL/A 7.9-Inch 16 GB (Silver) • Amazon Business||$233.71||7||$1,635.97|
|Griffin Technology - Survivor Slim Case For Apple iPad mini, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3 - Black/Blue • Best Buy Education||$33.80||7||$236.60|
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