With less than three weeks remaining in the current academic year, now might be a good time to think about goals for learning in your classroom next year.
This is the time to capitalize on the frustration regarding "what I wanted to do but didn't have time to do" while it is fresh in your mind. Why not explore an opportunity to learn and create a unique activity for your students. This activity will provide your student with connections beyond your classroom. Consider taking this summer challenge:
Learn ONE new strategy:
Incorporate a technology project into your classroom
What is it? Look at the LPS Example.
Then learn how easy it is to Skype a family member or friend for practice...and reconnect. Download and print the attached step-by-step Skype project. See the "Big Picture" and teach yourself how to use Skype in the classroom. And next fall, all you need is your laptop, a projector and speakers. And inquisitive students.
After reading this brief article at home with my real breakfast --prior to the scheduled Tech Breakfast, I thought it was worth sharing. Please spend a minute or two and read about a logical look at "why laptops" in the classroom.
I personally know master teachers--let me rephrase this--I personally observe master teachers who teach beautifully without technology. But the point I hope you will glean from this article isn't about the teaching; rather, it's about learning. We have a new generation of students who challenge us with a new set of learning skills. Explore the why. And keep rolling those laptops into your classrooms.