Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Access - Slice of Life
It's an exciting time to be an educator in my district! We are moving forward in so many ways and are implementing new ways of helping our students to achieve in greater capacities. As we work our way through this sometimes overwhelming process, I'm finding that many of us are using the excuse of "not having access to technology" as a way to justify keeping our years-old routines. For a long time, I have been one of those people. Up until recently.
In my classroom, I have one desktop computer and (as of last week) a built-in LCD projector. And yet...
We have a class blog.
My kids have their own individual KidBlogs.
We connect with other classes through our Twitter account.
We've Skyped with an author.
We use Biblionasium as one way to keep track of our reading.
We use the Today's Meet site as a means of sharing our thinking.
We use digital cameras to take pictures of our work and show our thinking.
We're making it happen. I've taken advantage of what we have in our classroom as well as our computer labs which sit empty for much of the day. Would we love to have access to more tech tools? Well, of course! But we are making things happen with what we do have.
Because my own learning and connecting has changed dramatically in recent years, I know the power of being connected. I strive to provide these opportunities for my first graders, in ways that are "safe" and appropriate for them. I am very fortunate to have an amazing network of educators at my fingertips through Twitter which makes it easier for us to connect with other classes.
I know that I have a lot to learn and that there is so much more I could/should/will be doing... but it's a start.