Wednesday, May 28, 2014

iPad 1:1 and Summer Learning

I am in the process of wrapping up my school year, but still a huge question remains: will the students take the iPads home in the summer?

The iPads are school-owned and we are Pre-K to 8th grade (only K-7 will take them home). The difference is that we are a private school, so students do not have to return.

I'm also starting a summer learning program where I plan to send home an "assignment" each day, a different subject per day of the week. It would go home via email. We send all of our information that way right now as well.

I'm not sure that the students would 'need' the iPad for this process. Plus, I really need the time to reimage them and get them set up for next year. I just really feel like they should have them. Just not sure it's the best plan.

I would LOVE feedback!

Monday, May 26, 2014

"Crack the Books" Creator Interview

I had the opportunity to interview "Crack the Books" creator Kyle Thomson. This is a tremendous resource, using an iPhone app be able to create a textbook that is not only interactive but can change reading level!

There are 5 different reading levels for each of the sections. The content doesn't change, only the level. All vocabulary exists in each level.

How amazing to be able to keep your entire class utilizing the same material! You really MUST check this out. I am a fan and I know you will be, too.

Read more about the series here:

Saturday, May 10, 2014

So little time!!

I cannot believe how quickly this year has gone. It is SO cliche, but it literally was Christmas, then 10 snow days, and now it's the middle of May! Unreal! I feel like there was so much time, and now I can't seem to grasp on to anything. The days are slipping away and the task list is growing ever longer.

Principals: What is your end-of-the-year strategy for making sure to get everything done (that doesn't include working until 11PM every night!)