Monday, December 19, 2011

"The Visitors"

 Today was a pretty exciting day for us. We have had a large group of administrators come to our room today to see for themselves all of the wonderful things they have been hearing about.
From the feedback I have received the kiddos did an excellent job of showcasing the technology we use and how it is useful to us in our learning. One of the administrators even commented, "You could tell the kids knew why they were doing what they were doing and it was not about the tech." Wow! That was an awesome comment and mademe feel good about what we are accomplishing since of my goals for our model tech room is to use our tools toassest our learning, but not to have "the tools" be what drives what we are doing. 
During the visit, kiddos were doing variety of different things during out Daily 5 time including: using Prezi to review and learn their vocab words, writing emails using Gmail, writing in a diary on the iPad, using the SMARTboard to practice our sorts and word chunks, using a variety of apps to assist with word work skills, and using iTouches for their listen to reading time. We had individual activities as well as partner/collaborative activities and we had technology as well as traditional paper and pencil activities taking place.

Once again, I am happy to say, how proud I am of each and every one of your wonderful children. They did a fantastic job today not only showcasing what they knew but also talking about what they knew and why it was important to their learning!
First graders, YOU ROCK!!!!!!!

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