Welcome to our fifth grade classroom blog! Six years ago I left the classroom to become a technology specialist, then a Technology Integration Specialist at the school level and last year served as a Technology Integrator for the school district, working with teachers. I made the decision to return to the classroom because I had missed the students and I really wanted to “be in there”, using the new 21st century technologies.
Blogging is one of the new technologies that wasn’t around – at least not at the school level, when I last taught fifth grade. So, my students and I launched out on this new adventure together! I think in the short time we were really able to “actively” blog, students really enjoyed it! A couple students continue to contribute to the blog ……and school was out on June 3rd for the summer! Way to go “mamasita” and “ripstick”!
I have been issued a new challenge for next year. After teaching the intermediate grades or adults for the last 29 years, I have been asked to teach kindergarten next year. My first reaction was of absolute shock and I think I went into complete distress. One of the very first thoughts rolling around in my mind was that i was not going to be able to use the great technology tools that are available for students anymore. But, as I looked online, I did see some kindergarten classrooms around the world who are using technology….
If you are reading this blog and you have any ideas, websites, tips, words of encouragement (!!!) in how to integrate technology in a meaningful way with my little five year olds, please respond comment! I’ll start a new posting for it: New Adventures
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The 6 & 7 year olds from Room 9 at Nelson Central School in New Zealand will educate you about what they think a blog is and why they love using them! This part is the student’s voice as an AUDIO file. Check out their class blog here at http://room9nelsoncentral.blogspot.com