Monday, March 19, 2012

Lincoln Elementary School Visit

Visiting Lincoln Elementary reminded me of all the reasons I wanted to be a teacher. Not only because of the technology use that can be used in classrooms with students, but the way teachers ran and dealt with their class. These teachers are dedicated to helping their students learn how to be independent learners by showing students how to take control of their classroom, work time and learning. This school was so refreshing and got me that much more excited to start teaching. The technology using throughout this school was amazing! It made me start to think of all the possibilities that are out there when integrating technology into a classroom. The tools in technology they shared with us ranged from Delicious and Diigo to Blabberize and Todaysmeet. Lincoln Elementary uses an interactive teaching technology called Mimio, this software works like a smart board only its distinct features make it very accessible and easy to use, tending to the schools specific needs. Students here start a Google accounts in the 3rd grade, while starting mini student lead activities throughout the day that even involve students using Mimio in 1st grade. I was also introduced to students using iPods and iPads in class where they would play educational games. The students were so engaged with all of this use of technology that the schools atmosphere seemed almost dream like. Not to mention how involved the teachers, as well as parents seem to be when it comes to this school community. I only was at Lincoln for about an hour, but I was able to get a peek at some of the things one can do when teaching, using technology while helping students become independent learners.

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