1. What are your favorite tools...? I am excited to use the different iPad apps that I have been playing with all summer long. Each time I revisit an app, I think of another idea to incorporate it into a work station to enhance student learning. I know my class will utilize the tools that allow them to make books, like bookr and TikaTok, bringing technology to writer's workshop. I also look forward to professional exchanges and growth while networking with other teachers on edmodo.
2. How have you transformed your thinking about the learning that will take place in your classroom? I have always valued the use of technology in the classroom, but unfortunately, I haven't always had working technology in my classroom. It's frustrating when you tried to "seemlessly" incorporate technology, and then it takes valuable time to get the technology to work! However, with the new technology that kindergarten is receiving this year, I have high hopes for the learning that will take place. The tools that have been introduced through 11 tools that are appropriate for kindergartners will certainly provide wonderful learning experiences for my students, and provide opportunities for me to better communicate to my parents the needs of my classroom and the wonderful learning that is taking place there.
I do plan to spend more time setting expectations for using the devices so they are used as learning tools not toys, and modeling how to appropriately use the tools.
3. Were there any unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you? The biggest surprise for me was how easy I found most of this to be once I let go of my apprehension! There is so much technology available to support and enhance my students' learning and they are eager to dive in, so motivation and focus will not likely be an issue! I look forward to more discovery and learning on my part as well!