The first week of school is always fun and full of optimism about the new year. This year feels especially exciting because of all the unique opportunities we have at Brandon. I will keep adding new opportunities and useful information under the "Links for Families" tab to the left. Please check out the LEGO robotics information and get ahold of Mr. Spiece for more information,
In school, we've been getting to know our new math program and new technology. It's been really cool to see students who have all different experience levels with the iPads get a chance to explore the most current mobile technology available.
We're starting with responsibility and the basics when it comes to iPads these first few weeks. The teachers at HSE have decided to start with a fun lesson that goes some necessary information, but has a fun (and functional!) twist at the end. I've been lucky enough to be invited into a few classrooms to help lead this lesson.
First, we looked over the iPad. We talked about how the case helps protect the iPad from accidents, but we still need to be responsible when carrying it or using it. Next, we find each button on the iPad. The two most important buttons are the "tic-tac" button and the "belly button." The "tic-tac" button is the top button that turns the iPad on and off, and switches off the screen. The "belly button" is the circle shaped home button. The names helped students remember and easily identify the buttons.
After we went over the basics, then we learned to put a few skills together for a fun end result. All the students snapped a selfie, using the camera, and the flip camera function. They learned about how the two cameras can be used and where they were. Then through settings we made their selfie the lock and home screen. This served two functions: students now know which iPad belongs to them, and students had a great laugh when they saw their faces behind the apps! Having fun and growing comfortable with the technology is key to building digital literacy.
Instructional Technology Coach