Friday, July 6, 2012

Tool #9 Incorporating Classroom-Based Devices as Tools for Learning

Are we educating for the past or the future?  When determining this I think one will most likely realize while there is great value in many of our past practices there is the reality of the future.  I love the quote from Henry Ford, "If I had asked people what they wanted they would have said a faster horse."  Looking at the objectives closely we may not find technology ties to every objective.  However, if we don't investigate these ties our students may find themselves unable to be successful in the world they will need to live in.
Our teachers are so good at looking for these connections. I think they will agree that each year as they rework their grade level road maps they look for how they need to tweak the learning. The addition of ActivBoards and other devices brought new learning and techniques to all classrooms.  Our students are so lucky that they have teachers who are amazing at taking their new learning and adding every ounce value to their students' learning environment.   I know they won't disappoint this year.
Using workstations is a valued practice and being sure that each student is held accountable for their learning has been an on going focus. As our classrooms added technology, teachers have opened up venues for students to dialogue via various sites about the books they are reading, pieces they are writing, and learning as a whole.  Sometimes classrooms are observing a live site in nature while recording/responding to what they see and how it relates to their learning.

Here are a couple of things I looked at for PK-2 via http://edtech.springbranchisd.com/iWebsites/tabid/5856/Default.aspx

ABC Letter Tracing Lite and ABC Phonics(this particular one needs more investigation to be sure we wouldn't be accidentally miscuing the students)  This last one might be good for ESL students at the NES level.

Way to teachers!  I noted that many of these sites I have observed being used in your classrooms both in lessons, collaborative settings and workstations.

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