Some of you may be wondering why technology is important in an elementary school. All it takes is one visit to a classroom in which students are interacting with technology tools to solve a challenge and you will instantly know! The energy in the room is contagious as students collaborate, design, and learn by experimentation and physical involvement.
We have learned firsthand at Weaver that technology makes things visual, and in many cases simpler to understand. While technology does not replace teachers, it does replace the flatness of textbooks with 3D visions and images. With the iPad App “3D CellStain,” for example, students learn about the cell and its structures. They are able to rotate the cell 360 degrees and zoom in on any cell structure. They can click on a list of cell structures to learn more about how each structure functions and relates to the other components of the cell. Students are motivated to ask questions, find the answers, and ultimately learn more.
Thank you for recognizing that the provision of technology resources and tools is critical to the success of Weaver students and staff. We appreciate your participation in Friends of Weaver fundraising activities, and are truly thankful for your support.
- Erin Kominsky, Principal
I want to thank you for the hard work you have done so far in an effort to help raise money for IPads. Weaver teachers had to meet a report card deadline recently and I want you to know that meeting that deadline was so much easier using an IPad. I was able to enter my data from the comfort of my own home, specifically from my most comfortable chair. Having an IPad made the process much easier for me. So, I just wanted to say thank you.
- Tanya Yosanovich, First Grade Teacher
I like how on the iPads that when we finish our classwork, there are interactive games to play, like Doodle Buddy which increases our art skills, and a new game called Stack the Countries which increases our knowledge of the world.
- Halen Savittieri, 5th grade
iPads have become such a part of our routine and a part of our learning in our classrooms that they are now considered an essential component of our learning! Strange but we don't know how we functioned before they came along. They serve as a crucial learning tool in our class. We use them to do research to find evidence and statistics to support our persuasive writing pieces. We use them to front-load authors and events in our reading circles, we watch hands on videos and demos to learn science and to learn how science works. The list is truly endless! Using our iPads also forces our kids to learn how to use technology because for most, they do not have this opportunity at home. The iPads motivate our students to do research when they have a question or a curiosity about a topic. What drives them to do this is the immediate response or answer they get back from the iPads. This ability to get an immediate answer or response helps to keep them excited and motivated to learn. As a teacher, it also motivates me to research different ways to present my teaching through technology thereby increasing my knowledge of technology in the classroom. Our iPads have definitely improved my delivery of my lessons and have undoubtedly motivated my students to want to learn more!
- Miss. Jacqueline Nguyen, 5th Grade
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