Friday, March 18, 2011

Model Technology Classroom!

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!!


  1. Congratulations! You should be proud!

    Colleen Patton
    Mrs. Patton’s Patch

  2. Congrats! I would love to hear what your favorite apps are! We have been using an itouch and my iphone all year, but next week I'm getting an ipad for my classroom! I'm really excited about it, but I need some more educational apps.

  3. Congratulations!!! I look forward to learning from you!


  4. As always Sara...congrats! I'm glad I get to be right next door to see all these great things happen next year.


  5. Congrats! That is wonderful, I can't wait to read about and see all of the wonderful things you will be doing next year!!!


  6. WOW!!! That is SO great!! I just got Tag Readers for my kinders and am over the moon with how technological that will make us! lol I'm also thinking of rewarding myself with an iPad for getting my Master's degree {and pay!} so I look forward to getting great apps from you.

  7. We currently have a set of four ipads for the whole grade to share and I'm loving it. Can't wait to see how your year goes. Congrats!!!

    First Grade Serenade

  8. Thanks all for the well wishes. I am really starting to buckle down and look at my curriculum to find new ways to bring 21st century learning skills and technology into play. It's been fun, exhausting, and exhilerating all at the same time. I will definately post apps that we decide to use on the iTouches and iPads as we incorporate them.I have a few that I use with my 1st grade son right now that I'll be sure to blog about in the near future as well.