It all started about 10 years ago. I was teaching a challenging group of sixth graders who were difficult to engage and satisfy. They showed little enthusiasm for much of what I proposed. While I was pregnant with my oldest son, now eight, I had a very vocal (loud) and out-going (opinionated) student who bragged about what she was getting for her birthday: the iPod Touch. I had no idea what it was or what it could do, but when I told my husband about it, we had one within six months. Since then, we have added an iPhone, an iPad, and Apple TV to our household. Shortly thereafter, I applied for a mini-grant to purchase iPods for my classroom.
Then came the hard part. What do I do with them? The iTunes store is of little help as it is bombarded with thousands of apps for education. How do I know which ones are good? Better yet, how do I INTEGRATE them?
While this site once focused solely how to integrate iPods and iPads into the K-8 classroom, I’ve now expanded my writing to include other digital technology tools as well as our school’s journey in STEM, STEAM, and maker education.
I’ve been teaching for 17 years. I have experience in first, second, and sixth grades. In addition, I am a mother to two small children. Best of all, I have a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology and a certificate to match. I am practical and efficient. I will try to provide you with information to help you be the same.