Have you ever received some news that is so wonderful and amazing and incredible that you go into stun mode? You know, that mode where you just can't believe it so you don't think about it too much because if you do, you might find out it's not true. Deep sigh. Well, I am definitely in stun mode!
Here is my wonderful, amazing, incredible and actually quite a bit scary news:
I was chosen as a pilot teacher for iPads. Can you hear me screaming? But wait, it gets better ... the pilot program is for a 1:1 iPads. (More screaming!) That means 1 iPad for each child. (Hopefully you are covering your ears!!!) That means 25 iPads for my class. (I know, it is so amazing that I may never stop screaming and may never come out of stun mode!) That means .... I don't know what all it means. This is such new territory. I am fairly techy, but I have never used an iPad (though I have always coveted one). I wrote up a super long application with lots of ideas for apps and projects, but now I am quaking in my boots (and this California girl knows all about quaking!!!). I keep telling myself to breath.
So (deep breath) ... I thought I could devote my blog once a week to talking about lessons I have learned about using iPads in my classroom. Although I hope recording my journey will help others, I will definitely derive the most benefit.
Monday I go for the preliminary training. It is for four hours after school. I will be joined by four other teachers. One I know and she is marvelous. I just hope the others are nice since we are going to be breaking new ground together. (How pathetic do I sound? Somewhat like the little girl going away to camp with a group of strangers? "I hope they are nice!"Been there, done that!!)
If you are using iPads in your classroom, whether it's one iPad or more, please let me know. I have found lots of resources, but you are the folks in the trenches and you are the ones I trust the most.
In case you are wondering, my grant is from my district. Here is a link for my iPad grant application. The formatting may be crazy because I simply cut and pasted it from Word into Google Docs. If this can help anyone, great!
Love to all,