Sarah E. Kincaid
For our students to become 21st Century Learners, we must teach to inspire them to be creative thinkers that communicate in a variety of ways in order to not just surpass the previous generation, but to build on the foundation of those before and provide continued basis for the future. It was discussed during the previous school year for the Social Studies PLC to become 1:1 classrooms with the use of Chromebooks. I was eager, yet a little hesitant, because this was a very new adventure for us all and I began to think. Is this the best route for our students? What obstacles are we going to face? How can we incorporate Best Practices while promoting collaborative learning? The main thing that troubled me was even though our students do live in a very technology based world, there will be some who may struggle with the transition and the learning curve will vary depending on the student. I also recognized that group work and kinesthetic learning will have barriers in order to keep our new Chromebooks safe. Finally, when discussing during PLC in the Spring, it was addressed that some students still want to physically write down items throughout the class in addition to uploading everything to the Google Classroom platform. It is then that I presented my idea to Administration – Whiteboard Tables – and thus my search began. Eight square, whiteboard tables will create 4 person stations with room for Chromebooks safely before each student, provide ample space for additional materials, establish relaxed conversation areas for collaborative learning, while still addressing places for kinesthetic and on-the-floor activities.