Monday, July 12, 2010

New Laptop...More Ideas to Engage Students

All district 97 teachers will be getting a NEW Dell laptop this year as a part of the district's updated technology plan.  I plan on using my laptop everyday as a tool to increase student involvement in my classroom.  Exactly how I am going to do that unfolds everyday as I am working over the summer on my classroom blog.  Here I will keep track of all the wonderful and exciting projects the kids are doing throughout the year.  To start with, I will once again be coordinating the Lincoln School Tech Club- which I started last year after GVC ended.  Students just kept showing up at the computer lab every day and I decided that they must really love technology and want to learn more.  I will be starting with the fifth graders this year and hopefully include other grades as the years go by.  The fifth graders will be participating in the Global Virtual Classroom (GVC) Contest again this year as we have done for the past eight years (click on the the GVC tab at the top to see some awesome work by Lincoln students).  We will also be collaborating with Ein Ganim School in Israel as  part of their Global Dreamers project and Harrison Elementary School in Warsaw, Indiana.  It is going to be an exciting year of learning with technology.

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