Learning is no longer as it used to be. Students are growing up in a digital age and the ways they do things is quite different.
Check out two incredible and inspiring fifth graders share some of what they're using and doing in their classrooms and lives.
Google Calendar as a Digital Assignment Notebook... who would've thought?
At the conclusion of last year, we held an informational session for parents at all three schools about the upcoming 1:1 rollout in our district. At one of the elementary schools, parents mentioned how excited they were for their child to learn responsibility through taking care of and using their device. Fostering responsibility in children goes a long way and the Chromebooks are already helping the kids in doing so.
Below is the first VIDEO BLOG created by a D13 first grade student. This six year old chose to speak about responsibility because he said it was very important to him. WAY TO GO!
On Friday afternoon, all the students of Bloomingdale School District 13 took home their very own Chromebooks and bags.
It took the unbelievable dedication on the parts of so many to make this happen!
THANK YOU to the...
It's only the beginning, but the best is yet to come!
Chromebooks + Children = Success! What a day filled with excitement and anticipation with my students, as well as myself, to discover what was hidden in that black bag... Ms. E. presented us with the "ins and outs" of the new Chromebooks (thank you!). My students then explored what would be awaiting for them this year. I was amazed to witness my students eagerly helping others in a calm manner. I can now see light at the end of the tunnel. I am very excited to share this new adventure with my students.
--Mrs. Stankoskey, Third Grade Teacher, Erickson Elementary School
I Am very excited to be the first student to post on this blog. I Am excited because tech is the future. I what to be a computer programer when I grow up and code. I bet that we are going to be doing a lot with these chromebooks!
Thanks for reading!!!
--4th grade student, DuJardin Elementary
I never imagined in my 18 years of teaching that we would arrive to this point - 1:1 technology! Way to go D13 students, parents, and teachers! This will be a journey of learning on everyone's part. There will, no doubt, be days of much success and celebration with technology. Yet, as we all know, we will have days that prove to be challenging as well. But we have to remember that failure leads to success. We learn from our mistakes. I am so excited for our students to have this valuable experience as they prepare for the future! Go D13!
--Mrs. Kolzow, Fifth Grade Teacher, DuJardin Elementary School
I am taking the blogging plunge! This is my very first blog post. I have the absolute pleasure of working with the best administrators, staff, community, and students around! There is so much to be proud of as I walk through the hallways of District 13 and this blog will serve as a platform to showcase the unbelievable learning happening in Bloomingdale.
In addition to my blog posts, guest students, parents, and staff members will be posting about their experiences. Thank you for joining all of us on our adventure!
District 13 is taking a different kind of plunge! In order to prepare students for future success in the world we live in, every student in grades 1-8 will get a Chromebook and Kindergarteners will receive a tablet. Although students will begin their school year with their devices, incredible years of research and consideration went into the journey that continues next week. To find out more about Bloomingdale School District 13's journey, please check out the video below.
As staff members worked hours and hours to unbox, label and take inventory of the endless number of devices, thoughts flooded my brain. This is an extremely exciting and apprehensive time for everyone. It's important to note that first and foremost, the technology now added in every classroom WILL NOT- and will not ever- replace teachers. Even the best devices, apps, and websites do not elicit innovative learning. The Chromebooks and tablets will help change the kind of learning that happens in the classrooms of D13, but are not the sole indicator of success.
Put on your seatbelts, because HERE WE GO!