Week one of 1:1 laptop integration is complete! I can definitely say that I have jumped in with both feet and I’m feeling great about it. In one week we have transitioned from paper “warm-ups” turned in weekly to answers submitted through Edmodo. We have also created folders in Google Drive to submit assignments. I also created a shared folder for assignments that students can make copies of them and save them to their Google Drives. Going paperless anyone? I haven’t made more than 20 copies all week! Lastly, students have been researching 1800s inventions and creating infomercials about them. It has been a whirlwind of activity!
I feel like I am finally becoming the teacher I have been wanting to be. I feel as though I have a whole new world at my fingertips. My favorite part of this week has been the increased opportunity for formative assessment and feedback. I feel even more connected to my students and I feel that I know even more of where they are at with their learning. This is mainly because of the comments I can make on their Google Docs, the opportunity to grade their warm-ups daily on Edmodo and provide feedback, and the project-based learning going on in my classroom. The project has allowed me to “flip” my classroom in some ways – put more of the ownership of learning onto the students and follow the “every student every day” theory. This means that I make an effort to connect with every student and have a conversation about their learning in class.
I feel more alive as an educator than ever before. Today was definitely one of the best days that I have ever had as a teacher and I cannot wait to see where the journey will take us next week.