Due to the generosity of a private donor, I have the opportunity to experiment with the educational and academic possibilities ipads afford a third grade public school classroom. These were privately purchased and donated, and therefore not serviced by the school district. School and district level permission was granted to use them in the class, but support is not possible. That being said, the technology specialist that serves our school two days a week is very knowledgeable and offers assistance and advice as time allows. An older, 5th grade, student offers her support and help once a week after school. Another technologically-apt friend, who is interested in seeing the advent of the better use of technology in schools, offers his time, assistance and expertise as circumstances allow. I am grateful to all of these people for their assistance as we try to find the most appropriate means of educating the 21st century digitally native student.
“That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
I embark on this experiment with the hope that we will all become better teachers of the next generation! I intend to blog about both the successes and failures, as it will take both to find our way through these ever-changing waters of educating the digital generation. I welcome all ideas, concerns, comments, and suggestions!