The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
What does a technology-infused classroom look like? If it’s done correctly, the technology becomes invisible. It is seamless. The teacher scaffolds and creates a curriculum-based lesson, then steps back and allows the students to make the magic.
In my classroom, I’ve intentionally modeled procedures and through the gradual release of responsibility, my students are independent during their work time. I’m not interrupted while teaching guided reading groups as students incorporate peer collaboration into their skill sets. Once my students have learned how to use their apps, they are able to then demonstrate their learning in a creative way they choose.
It is not uncommon to see students in the reading center reading eBooks on their iPads as well as regular paper books. At the writing center, there will be children making books in Book Creator as well as writing out long hand on paper. Ella, pictured at right, chose to skip her free choice centers today to go write a book on her iPad. On Monday, she chose to write about her weekend news during Writer’s Workshop. She wrote 6 pages on lined paper. Her method of delivery differs but she is demonstrating the skills
With a technology infused classroom, students can make their own decisions. They are engaged and motivated. In kindergarten, the infusion is slow and deliberate. It becomes a natural part of our every day routine so that we don’t have to work at it. We don’t have “iPad time”. It an extension of our learning. We don’t just add technology and stir. We use the technology for information, research, collaboration and creation of products.
By being deliberate, having a plan, and empowering your students, creating a technology infused classroom is easy.
Today, we will do exciting new things. Let’s get to it!