Showing posts from October, 2010

Site Visit & Shift Happens

I had the privilege of visiting two schools that infused technology in the classroom seamlessly. What I expected from the visit and what I got out of it were two different things. You see, all week long I indulged in PBL lessons such as STEM with GPS and students doing amazing projects, projects that I aspired to do when I was still in the classroom but hadn't quite gotten there. So, when I arrived at the sites, I was expecting those "Oh My Gosh I wanna FB this to the world" type of lessons. Instead of being wowed, I got consistent active student engagement with seamless technology integration in every classroom. I saw ordinary teachers in ordinary rooms utilizing their tech appropriately. I saw two schools that successfully created learning-centered classrooms throughout their campuses. The teachers were masters at differentiated instruction with technology. As I walked the classrooms, I consistently saw the students in flexible learning groups. Often times, they would

Insight from iTouch Initiative

I started with my 4 year old's experience with my iPhone and am moving on to general information. Later, I'll blog my 9 year old's favorites.   The best site I learned about is I Education Apps Review . It breaks Apps into categories which makes it easy to check out! What did Mansfield Independent School District have to work through to get their iTouch initiative started? 1) Why iTouch? State Tech Standards dictated that all Primary have touch screens, so it was the biggest bang for the buck. They also started it as an ESL initiative and then as a Special Ed initiative, in addition to their one-to-one initiative. 2) Purchasing considerations? They had to get quotes for iTouch devices (8G), skins, covers, 20 unit sync/charging stations, and apps. (They found out after-the-fact that you can purchase them with a built-in screen cover for $5 and they wished they had done that). They would use a PO to buy bulk purchases straight to Apple which would automatically qualify t

Favorite Apps According to a 4 Year Old

Don't you just love the conferences that gives your brain food to digest? There is so much that I got from the NSBA 2010 Teaching & Learning Conference , but my brain always starts with it's heart which goes to my kiddos. My four year-old daughter is currently reaping the benefits from the iTouch Break Out session I went to on Tuesday (thanks   Mansfield Independent School District ). I ended up downloading many apps for her and so far this is her list of favorites: Doodle Kids   Doodle Buddy  Kids Math Ace Puppy Jigsaw My First Words Animals The Bee Sees Vocal Zoo There were many more on the list. What do you recommend for your preschooler?