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Technology and implementation
Sat Nov 28, 2015 22:15

I like your analogy about teachers/administrators being like raccoons!! Far too often have we seen schools implementing a great new concept, especially with technology, in our classrooms and then later on finding out that it wasn't everything we hoped it would be. Take for example our one to one initiative. In the beginning, everyone was so excited about this implementation and for a while it was great. Now, we are at a point where the iPads and MacBooks are out of date and I am seeing students constantly having trouble with their iPads not working. This can be frustrating on the students and especially on the teachers.
For instance, the fourth grade math teacher and I were with students on Project Lead The Way. Each student was suppose to have an iPad to use for notes, readings, and various tasks. Since the iPads were not up to date on the latest version some task students were not able to do so the teachers had to use her iPad for this task. Also, there were a couple of student that did not have iPads because their iPads were "out of order." This seems to be a continued problem. Don't get me wrong I absolutely love our technology and our Apple products, I just don't think we were prepared for the maintenance each device requires. I hope that as technology is being improved our county can stay up to date so that we can provide the best that we can for our students.

  • Re: Struggling Readers and Tech - byrdaw, Wed Nov 25 06:09
    The article "Struggling Readers and Technology" discussed the continued difficulty in meeting the needs of all students in the general education classroom. The first year teacher applies sound... more
    • Re: - Amanda grindstaff, Sat Dec 5 06:43
      I'll be honest though I don't feel like it's the teacher investing and spending the money as much as it's administration and I feel like in the past few years we have gotten better at sticking with... more
      • Re: - candithompson, Tue Dec 8 15:34
        I understand what you are saying. I see this now with the program they have stared at BE. The 4th and 5th graders are the only ones that are being recognized and the K-1 students are heartbroken and... more
      • AR Program - Melanie McLeod, Mon Dec 7 05:55
        Amanda: I agree with you. I think the AR Program could be a great supplemental program to the literacy curriculum. However, I think the success for all students depends on the teacher's "marketing"... more
    • AR/ Points - Megan Gouge, Sun Nov 29 20:41
      We started something similar to AR at BE this year. Students earn points for reading different books. It doesn't matter if it is a book for homework, a book at school or a book on the iPad. Some of... more
      • Re:AR - joanneabrams, Tue Dec 1 22:16
        I remember about 10 years ago we had a point system for AR. Exactly what you mentioned you witnessed with a young reader would frequently be the case at our school as well. Eventually a decision was... more
        • Re:AR - Martha_Brown, Sun Dec 6 23:29
          Your idea for teachers setting weekly or monthly goals for students is great. Each student would be working towards their own goal and this would be very motivating yet they would not be pressured to ... more
          • AR - walshjm2, Tue Dec 8 17:24
            I also like the idea of setting goals for each child individually. This way they are working against themselves and they aren't worried about who has the most points and stressing over it. I remember ... more
      • Re: AR/ Points - candithompson, Mon Nov 30 20:22
        That would be awesome to have a system online. I have thought about trying to start something in my room, because my kids are so excited about earning points and are reading a lot for the new reading ... more
    • Technology and implementation - haleyferrell, Sat Nov 28 22:15
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