Monday, April 28, 2014

ipads, please?!

Ten, maybe Twenty years ago students and teachers would never have dreamed of the technology schools have on their campuses today. Last year, several of our teachers applied for a grant allowing our 4th-6th grade classes to have ipads 1:1, like EVERY student in EVERY class! The most amazing part about it is we got it! Last November the ipads were "rolled out" to every student in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade.
You may be thinking, I didn't need all this technology when I was a kid in school or these kids are just going to be distracted by basic reading, writing, and arithmetics. They need all these things and are still learning them (with pencil and paper). But, we live in a different day and age here folks. You can put a tablet in front of a 1 year old and they will learn how to swipe it to unlock it. All the while talking to their new friend named Siri! You don't believe me? I've seen it! My 18 month nephew loves taking selfies! If you are reading this and don't know what a selfie is, you've got some catching up to do! Do you see my point? Not putting tablets and technology into the hands of the next generation would be doing a disservice to them and us!

Walking into the classroom I see more creativity being used on the ipads than I have seen in years. It is an open door for teachers to allow students to choose their skilled abilities to create and publish their work.

This is why I am so excited to present our 1:1 ipad roll out video!