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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday: Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

This week's guest blogger is Vicky from Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After. You should definitely stop by and check out her creative ideas and all her awesome freebies and give-aways! Don't forget to become a follower and leave some comments while you're there :)

Hi there everyone ~ I'm Vicky from Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After. I was thrilled and honored when Lori asked me to do Wishlist Wednesday for her over here. I have been teaching for...gulp - 18 years and have seen a lot of changes in education over that time. I teach at a wonderful school in southern California just north of San Diego. I could come up with SEVERAL ideas for my wishlist but after doing a little research and talking to my principal I would have to say iPad(s) for the classroom. I found this photo/link from Pinterest - it has lots of great ideas on how to use iPads in the classroom.
We share our campus with a special needs preschool and each of the preschool teachers got 3 --- yes you read that correctly 3 iPads for their classrooms about a month ago with special ed funds. They came with these super cool, thick, spongy protectors so there would be no damage even if dropped. The possibilities are endless with an iPad as far as classroom use. But after researching about the use of them I discovered that there is strong evidence that digital technology in the classroom ( such as iPad's ) has been proven to have very positive effects on the learners. It has shown to
* improve confidence levels
* improve attitudes towards learning
* improve student engagement
and even improve student attendance
Now what teacher wouldn't want those benefits on top of just the fun and wonderful opportunity of having the iPads in the would be so great! Well I appreciate the invitation to come on over and be a guest blogger. I do wish I had a magic genie or wealthy donor's choose benefactor here to help me out and grant me my wish -- LOL Thanks again Lori! ~~ Vicky

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