Elisha Lewis 2015-2016
21st Century Classroom for a 21st Century World
Each year literacy/writing and math centers play a huge role in my curriculum, however this year I plan to incorporate an aspect of “The Daily 5.” Daily center activities allow student choice while others receive RtI instruction. One of the daily rotations is technology, where students share 3 computers. The mini iPads will be a great addition to our classroom to help promote student exploration with high tech learning materials. Students will get opportunities to work with various apps to help promote literacy and beginning math skills. For example, the Literacy/Writing app Mental Note, will be used to record students reading their own writing. Students will then playback and listen to their stories for editing purposes. Teachers will use these recordings with students to provide feedback. Students will use iBooks Author to publish their final writing work after having used Pages to work through the editing process. Reading Comprehension from Peekaboo Studies was designed for the classroom looking, which provides an advantage in solidifying students’ reading and comprehension skills. Students can receive an email about their test results to share their progress. Fluency Timer is another app with an adjustable timer that automatically records students’ fluency readings for playback and sharing. It is simple enough for students to use independently. A web-based subscription of IXL math can easily be accessed by students at their seats for review and remediation of concepts. JogNog allows students to study and take tests in a fun and fast way, all of which are aligned to Common Core Standards. First step safari will transform math by combining comprehensive learning with high quality entertainment and fun. Integrating technology using the iPad minis with Common Core State Standards corresponding apps will prepare students for the challenging jobs of the future. The use of iPads in the classroom is aimed at providing students with the tools and skills they need to be successful in a 21st Century world.