- I hope they will be able to create & use twitter accounts. (Currently have a classroom twitter account to keep their friends & families up - to - date with "what's happening" in our classroom.) I can just see them creating their own personal learning networks / environments. Tweeting what they are learning. Reading what their classmates are doing & re-tweeting. Posting questions that they need answered. Using hash-tags to create their own chats.
- I hope that they will be able to use Four Square both in school & out of school. I can picture our class out on field trips while they are "checking in" to our site. Providing tips to their friends, families, & followers. Participating in mobile interactive field trips that I've created for them.
- I hope they will be able to email experts in the field (any field). Seeking the source to ask hard questions about topics that are of great interest to them.
- I hope they are able to use Google Apps on a daily basis. Using Google Docs as their workshop notebooks. Choosing documents to store in their e-portfolio (google sites). Creating graphs from data collected from their forms, which are then stored in excel. Managing folders. Collaborative drawings. Collaborative PowerPoints. I envision them continuing the work they began at school at home, on - line.
Right now there are 2 computers in my classroom. That's right 2. While I understand that may be 2 more than some classrooms, I... NEED more! My use of technology in the classroom has grown exponentially over the last 3 years (even though I've used it all 9).
I have begged & pleaded for more computers in my room. Two more have been dug up & I am HOPING that they will appear in my room before the school year begins. My curriculum director has written & received grant monies for 2 additional computers in every elementary classroom. I am hoping that they too will be installed before the school year begins. That would bring me to 6 computers. While not a 1:1 classroom, I can do a LOT with 6 computers! And, hopefully, the Special Ed teachers down the hall will be kind enough to extend the use of their 2 computers to my students as they have these past 3 years. That would give us 8 computers; creating a 1:2 classroom. Imagine those possibilities!
I know that my current supply (2 computers) nowhere meets my current demand (20 netbooks). Although I know that I cannot depend on anything other than the 2 currently in my classroom, I can't help but find myself arranging my classroom & planning as if I had those 8 (or even 20 netbooks that I've humbly requested). At this point I don't what I'll end up doing if I stay with just 2 computers. I hope that I will be able to rise above the disappointment & find a way to persevere.