With the recent purchases of new Chromebooks, our planning and blogging took a back seat to assigning and distributing new technology. As wonderful as having new tools in the classroom are, new challenges arise such as breakers flipping off due to power surge difficulties.
All of our students from grades 3 to 6 have access to GAFE - Google Apps For Education - provided that we receive signed authorization from the parents. This access has been an incredible tool that has enhanced learning in various ways that we feel will necessary for 21st century learning. The extra time involved in providing the students access, checking for and changing passwords and troubleshooting malfunctioning devices have sometimes proven to be challenging. All this to say...I wouldn’t change a thing!
We hope to share this year through our blogs, the various ways that we have used technology to transform our teaching and learning and some of the discoveries that we have made along the way. It seems that every time we feel we’ve mastered a concept, something new has come out. We hope you join us in our journey!
I will be heading to Los Angeles to attend a PYP workshop on the Role of ICT with our IB coordinator and fellow Tech team member, Sue. It is so rewarding when we learn something new and innovative and with respect to technology!