In October, the Instructional Technology Coordinator approached Erin (the Library Media Specialist) and I about creating a course for the teachers of our district. Each school had just received a new iPad cart and teachers needed to be trained in the possibilities.
To case, or not to case - that is the question. Today's edition of the "iPad Time Warp" is all about the issue of casing the iPads in our school district.
Here is another installment of the "iPad Time Warp"! It can be nerve-racking to think about teaching with the iPads for the first time. As teachers we like to prepare for everything but it is hard to plan for things you can't anticipate. I'm here to say I made it through my first lesson unscathed. And even if problems arise I bet the students will just be so happy to get to hold one that it will all seem swell to them.
On February 5th I started new units with my small group enrichment program. My 5th graders are creating their own cultures by researching a time period and an original habitat. From there they must figure out what happened to make their people want to move and set up a community in a new location. How did they get there? What did they bring with them? What sort of government did they set up in their new culture?
How will the Kidblog app increase student engagement in this project and reduce my arch nemesis: paper?
And so the adventure begins. . .
This year my school district purchased an iPad cart for each school. This year I began my new position as the visual reasoning enrichment teacher (formerly the elementary art teacher). In this new position I move to a new school in the district every 15 days.
The first thing I do? Get my hands on the iPad cart.
I wanted to be as involved as possible in the iPad deployment so in November I began teaching the 15 hour iPad Institute for my district. Next month I will begin the course again with a whole new group of excited educators.
It is been an exciting 4 months but at times it has felt as if I am racing through a dark tunnel towards the light. I decided to create this blog to document the journey in hopes of providing other teachers, still deep in the tunnel, the solace of knowing that you are not alone. This is my way of lighting torches to help you on your way.
Lauren Berrios is a teacher and iPad enthusiast.