Apples to Chrome Learning
Technology in the classroom is an extremely powerful tool for students! I want to know if technology will improve efforts and scores for students to communicate in small and large group settings using various technology. Notebooks will be used in a co-teaching classroom of general education and special education students. They will be engaging for them especially for writing, which is historically difficult for our students with special needs. We will use iPads and tablets during independent work centers for the children to practice math, reading, writing skills as well as to help facilitate virtual field trips. The children also will be able to view academic videos, take pictures to use with several academic apps, and use our handwriting apps such as Handwriting Without Tears.
Extra Extra: Monthly Newsletter
The main activity will be using the camera to allow the students to photograph school related events then learn to print the photos and write a paragraph about the event/person for the monthly newsletter. Empowering students to use newfound photography and writing skills for the new newsletter is important in building a foundation for lifelong skill. Photography is a fun art that I would love to see my students enjoy. The camera will be used to document field trips, special projects, and different activities that our students will participate in throughout the year and be posted on the hallway timeline and help our school document the school year with pictures for the yearbook and monthly newsletter.
Sew to Speak and Learn
Many adults in today’s society are unable to sew by hand or operate a sewing machine. Many years ago, most adult women and many children were taught and well equipped with this knowledge and skill so much that they were able to create many of their own clothing, quilts, toys, and make repairs to their clothing in just a few minutes. I witnessed my own grandmother doing these tasks daily. When working with middle and high school students, it is often difficult to find games and activities to keep them interested and engaged that incorporates many aspects of learning. Sewing would be a wonderful way for them to be creative using a hands-on-learning approach that requires many educational subject areas such as mathematics, history, and life skills.