One of my favorite movies in the world is the Sound of Music, and my husband would tell you that I have watched it a 100 times at least, and he just might be correct. My favorite song is
I thought of this song this week as I had some first time experiences in my class and most of them had to do with technology-the times are changing.
*Two of my students asked and received a kindle for the holidays. Both of the students asked me if they could use their kindle for their JR book and my answer was YES (and I was screaming) How cool is that?
*During status of the class which is a weekly check in with me about their JR book, both students told me their current book but could not tell me their page number. I didn't know it, but kindles don't have page numbers they have percentage completed, so I recorded 19% complete. How cool is that?
*During status, one of my students told me she is reading a student bible? How cool is that?
*As we discussed the holidays, I found out that half of my students' families got a new technology tool which included iPods, iPads, laptops or kindles. One of the parents emailed me and told me their daughter could not imagine leaving her iPod behind when she graduates from 5th grade, so that was #1 on her list. How cool is that?
*Finally, as I started my reading conferences one of my students told me his favorite app is the Science Glossary and he spent the holiday season building his own science dictionary. How cool is that?
Until this week, I have never had these conversations, and I have been teaching 21 years, bring on the new technology tools. I am excited to learn and dream more about how to use them in my classroom.