I Am A Convert !

I am a CONVERT!

I  must confess…
I did NOT think I would EVER say these words..
“I LOVE HAVING 24 ipads
IN MY CLASSROOM!”
Let’s digress…
I have been teaching for 25 YRS!
(No..I was NOT teaching when the dinosaurs walked the EARTH!)
BUT….
I have used this… ( and I liked it!)
And I had one of these in my classroom!
MY OWN!
I LOVED IT!
And YES…we breathed in the smell of the liquid..
and WE ALL LIVED!
So…TECHNOLOGY has NOT been my
“FORTE”…
I cannot say I was
“OVERZEALOUS”
when I got a smartboard & went to training!
Or when
ELMO was introduced to my classroom.
But…after MUCH practice..
We are BFF’s!
BUT…
When I was told this summer…
I was getting 24 ipads for 24 FIRST GRADERS..
I smiled gritted my teeth.
Said “Thank YOU!” ( Wanted to KILL them!)
Are you KIDDING?
What was I going to do with 24 ipads?
How am I going to MANAGE 24 kids running around
MY CLASSROOM with $1000 ipads in their dirty, tiny hands?
They can’t keep a book together,
 HOW ARE THEY GOING TO KEEP THIS THING IN ONE PIECE????
Who is responsible for this?
What do I teach them on it ?
I had nightmares of complete CHAOS!
And…my biggest question….
How do you turn it ON?
And so…they came.
I have a cart. I have ipads. I have headphones.
And I have 24 first graders.
I went to training. I listened. I took notes.
I DON’T HAVE AN ipad.
I have ..paper & pen!
And so I learned.
I learned Google docs, drive, classroom, etc. etc. etc.
I am still learning.
I have apps.
I have good apps.
So far..some work. Some work well. Some don’t.
It’s ok. The kiddos and I are learning together.
They LOVE them!
My class was…silent!
They were too busy focusing on their WORK to talk!
THEY WERE AWESOME!
So…I  confess!
I AM A CONVERT!
I Love my ipads!
I LOVE MY iPADS!
Now……How Do I turn them OFF????
Wait…let me check my notes! 🙂
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