Sunday, September 14, 2014

Getting closer... Open House this week!

So while my third graders and I patiently wait to use IPads to enhance our learning, there is plenty to do!  After a week and half of school, my class is in a great routine.  We have our procedures for Daily 5, Math Daily 3, and Writer's Workshop in place!  While we are still practicing, things are going smoothly.

This week at our Open House, our superintendent will speak to explain how to register a child online to use their IPad in the classroom.  This is the website we are using for IPad insurance:

Parents click on
Enroll Your Device 
Then they can pay $30 online or waive the insurance fee for the year.  This helps to make sure that the students are being responsible in the classroom, and that the parents understand their responsibilities.

I am excited that this part of the process is approaching!  We are on our way to integrating more technology into our daily routine.  I am using this blog to share resources for teachers this year, but I also think it is important to document our 1:1 Initiative process. Stay tuned for more!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Classroom Reveal

It is finally here!  The first day of school is tomorrow!  While we will not have our IPads yet, there will be a lot of learning going on to get ready for their arrival.

Since this is the first year for a 1:1 Initiative in the district, each child must have an agreement signed by a parent to use a device in the classroom.  The parents will sign these at Open House this year!  While it is hard to wait, I will continue to post how we are getting ready for our IPads.

Below is a picture of my classroom after I painted this summer, before everything was ready.
Here are some pictures of how it looks now!  It is ready for a new group of third graders, and I am excited for them to see it!
This banner is in the hallway.  I ordered this banner on Vista Print.  When people walk by, they can scan the QR Codes to see our Facebook page, Twitter page, and classroom blog.
This is the new color scheme for the year!
The library area.
My meeting/desk area.
Finally, this is where our IPads will go until our carts come! They will be numbered and stored in these crates.  I also have several power strips for charging.  

Our first lessons for the year will be all about Digital Citizenship.  When the IPads come, then the students will be ready to post on our classroom blog!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Getting Ready for iPads!

Well, it has been a while since my last post!  I have been enjoying an extended summer due to some construction going on in our district.  I have had the time to get so much done in my classroom, but I have not had much to post about!  My classroom is almost ready to reveal, and I am very happy with how it looks this year.

I have been thinking about the first day of our 1:1 initiative with iPads since last year.  Today I created some helpful tools for the first week to get all of my students on the same page concerning their iPads. 

Mrs. Brooks from Falmouth, MA does an excellent job of summing up how she began using her iPads in the classroom, and I tweaked her posters to fit my needs.  Feel free to explore her site and use her posters!  Below is what I created.  Just click on the pictures to download for yourself for FREE

Our first day of school is September 2nd, so please check back during that week to see how I implement these ideas!  I plan on documenting how EVERYTHING goes with our iPads on my blog, whether it is good, bad or in between.