WoW!! It's official!!!!I am beyond excited about an opportunity that I and my coteaching partner will be taking part in next year. Our district sent out an email about a month ago looking for classrooms that would be interested in applying to be a model technology classroom next year. My inclusion partner and I decided to have a go at the application and hoped for the best as the questions were very thought provoking and in depth.
Well...we found out last week that we were chosen to be the primary level model classroom for next year!!! I am still in disbelief and at the same time just reeling in thoughts for how I want to structure my room and my curriculum for next year.
We will be working to increase our use of 21st century learning skills as well as embedding technology and our new ITLS standards into the curriculum. We will be utilizing iPod touches, iPads, netbooks, digital cameras, and flip videos in addition to our SMARTboard. I am so excited to give 1st graders this opportunity as I sometimes think that we take for granted what the younger kiddos can do and accomplish. I am sooo looking forward to helping the youngest of learners to be tech savvy, problem solving, collaborative learners! This is going to be a wonderful learning experience for myself, my teaching partner, and our students. Let the journey begin!!