Friday, September 25, 2009

Getting Started

Our iTouches and MacBook computers have arrived. We have begun looking at applications we feel will best utilize the equipment we have. So far we have worked out a process for signing the equipment in and out and reserving which teacher will be using it. We are trying to add some additional equipment to make sure we have what we need to get the biggest bang out of each item we purchased. If feels like we are finally on our way to getting our projects going.

My students have been working on getting their initial activities going that will lead up to actually publishing their work on the Internet and making movies we can upload and play on our iTouches. There are a few technical snags as we work out all the parent permissions and try to make sure we are all on the same page, but it looks like we are ready to begin actively using our equipment any time now. We really want to get the items in the students' hands to see what they do with the opportunities we have planned. I'm betting they will come up with lots of ideas we haven't thought of yet.

Monday, September 21, 2009

A Magnet for Modern Learning

Just an interesting article I found on facebook regarding magnet schools integrating arts/ science and technology...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Project Based Learning

Tracey and I met with the 4 core teachers last week. Each one of the 4 core teachers took one of Jennifer Blaine's books on Project Based Learning. They are going to read and share with all of us! We want to put the technology in the kids' hands so that the tools are there when they need them. I was so inspired by Chris Tovani and Sam Bennet and how everything they talked about is what we are trying to do! This is a really exciting time! Starting with the end in mind, Finding the "Big Ideas", such an inspiring way for kids to learn!