Student Guest Blog Post
Google Away is where we come in the classroom every morning and we look at the board. There is a question to find out an answer to and we look it up on Google and write it down. For example, today’s question was: Where is a shrimp's heart located? We found the answer to be in it’s head. Can you believe that? Google Away is also something you can learn about websites. It's important to look at websites that give true information. We also record the sources where we find the answer. I recommend teachers use Google Away in their classroom because you learn a lot of fun facts and new information. This way we can become great Googlers and search up information quickly in life.
Here's an example of what we record each day:
Here's what we see when we enter our classroom each morning, for example.
As the kids flooded the hallways of DuJardin school this morning, you could hear the giggles and the excitement. Everybody settled into their classrooms and the magic erupted. Teachers started building relationships, going over expectations, and establishing classroom culture. The students were all smiles!
So... now that we're in our second year of 1:1 implementation, what's different? Well, actually a lot. Last year, getting the Chromebooks was a HUGE thing. Don't get me wrong, they're awesome, but this year, it wasn't a big ordeal. They were foreign to the staff and students in the fall of 2015. Everybody had to learn the basics of the devices and then figure out how to teach and learn- 21st Century style. That was a lot to do, but our teachers and kids did it. In fact, they rocked it.
This year, the Chromebooks are just part of learning. They're no longer something additional, novel, and prized. Rather, they have become a natural element of the classroom that nobody thinks twice about. How awesome is that? After all, this is the world we live in. We hope our students can successfully navigate through whatever waters come their way with technology by their side. They will be quite the communicators, creators, critical thinkers, and collaborators... just you wait.
The 2016-2017 school year is going to be the best yet. More to come soon :)