Students are not only building their knowledge of how to use technology effectively to support learning, but also they are developing communication, cooperation, and problem solving skills. All of these are life skills--skills needed for college and career.
Students are fully engaged in the learning. They are excited for their team projects, having dialogue related to the project and using problem solving strategies as they discuss the best way to display the information collected for their peers to learn about their animal group. They are deciding where to locate the important information needed for completing the task. They are learning from each other and what works and what doesn't. Sue says, “I have become more of the coach or facilitator during the project.”
Sue is thrilled about the new opportunities she faces this year: “I believe in my students and that allows them to believe in themselves, that anything is possible. They know first graders can do anything with persistence and effort; and through the power of reflection on what makes them successful and what might have interfered with their progress, so that they can reach their fullest potential. Integrating technology into lessons allows students the opportunity to apply their learning in innovative ways. I am grateful for the new opportunity in my classroom this year and the support from the CNYRIC and my district.”
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