Most students at ESMS have an iPad deployed to them. It has been an interesting process that has taken many of us to complete. The techsperts were a critical part of getting the process done. Mrs. Nebel and Mr. Rubey did an outstanding job of getting the insurance information ready so we could get the devices in the hands of the students. The number of iPads that do not go home are less than I thought there would be....YEAH!!! The students are getting use to carrying the devices and using them in class and do not want to be without them. It is important for the students to charge their iPads daily at home. Also, they need to do the software updates at home!
Things are starting to calm down and all but maybe 2 or 3 students have the devices in class and are using them like they have had them forever. The teachers are using Google Classrooms and more to get out assignments and information to the students. The students are excited to complete projects on their iPads.
We are off to an exciting start to our 2015-16 school year. The iPads are almost ready to roll out tomorrow! Mr. Rubey and Mrs. Nebel are working hard to be organized so that the deployment goes smoothly. The Technology Applications and Innovations students have been training to help! WOW! Students are daily asking when they get their iPads so they are extremely excited as well.... Hard to believe every student in this building will have an iPad to use!
The district, since I have been the Media Specialist, has made great strides to improve the use of differentiated instruction. The iPads are just a piece in the puzzle! Student achievement and success are a big focus for our district and we are always researching and working towards improvement. The inservices provided for teachers prior to school that run in the Edcamp style are amazing! I learn so much towards implementing lessons.
I love my job! Each day in the ESMS Learning Commons is different! Every day I am challenged to learn more and more about different devices and technology. My class challenges me each day! The students are learning new strategies and will teach those to other students and sometimes even to me! There is not one way to do things anymore...lots of different strategies and techniques will get us to an answer. Problem-solving and critical thinking skills are critical to our success of both teachers and students. Again, I LOVE MY JOB!
A positive attitude and goals are what I am striving for this year! Come by and see me in the Learning Commons!