Monday, October 3, 2011

Loving 5th Grade!

Four weeks into the school year, I am up to my eyeballs in technology in the classroom!  I am not complaining though... I love it!  Our class blog is bursting with student work and we are working on reaching a larger audience.  I am posting the link here so you can check it out if you want!

http://5thgradeorange.blogspot.com/

For me the best thing about this new school year so far, is the projects we are doing.  We are part of the Global Read Aloud Project for Tuck Everlasting and the students are so engaged and beg to read each day!  We have connected with two classrooms via Skype so far; one in Colorado, and one in Iowa.  We are blogging, creating vokis, and writing picture books.  In addition, we are in the computer lab for 90 minutes a week using the 12 brand new laptops that arrived a week ago!  We are still waiting for approval for some kind of a tablet...  Whether we end up with iPads, Nooks, or something else - it remains a mystery for now!  In the meantime, we use every extra computer available to collaborate with our new buddies online.

The infusion of technology has inspired and motivated me and my students to create, create, create!




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