This year approximately 120 second grade students received iPads to be used as a learning tool in and out of the classroom. They use the ipad to create, collaborate, and communicate. Some of their projects include: using Edmodo to extend their learning beyond the classroom, creating iMovies to explain concepts and teach others, Skyping to communicate with State Representatives, using the device to research topics of their choice and interest, and communicating learning beyond the classroom by using Twitter.
Recently, one of the most exciting opportunities that they had was teaching our Senior Citizens about the iPad. After a few days of preparation and planning, our second grade students loaded the bus to take a trip across town to our Park District. Upon arriving, the second grade students quickly connected to the Wifi, got out their lesson agenda, and waited patiently until it was their time to present.
Mrs. Karolczak, Schoolwide Enrichment Consultant (@OB_LMC), gave a brief introduction by explaining how the second grade students are using their iPads as a learning tool in school. Then, the second graders quickly spread out around the room and began their teaching. Even though the students had prepared an agenda, most students began to individualize the lesson depending on the questions the Seniors were asking. The learning session lasted about 45 minutes but could have went longer. The Seniors were grateful to learn about "this new technology" and left with a disbelief at how these second grade students effortlessly used the device.
Our next steps will include inviting the Seniors to our K-2nd grade building so that we can learn from them. We plan to continue teaching our Seniors about technology but first want to create a survey to find out what our Seniors would like to learn. Some of the Seniors mentioned that they would like to learn more about email and perhaps this could begin a Pen-Pal opportunity. Our second graders are excited to continue this wonderful opportunity with our Senior Citizens.
Thank you to Mrs. Karolczak (@OB_LMC), Mr. Krause (@joekrause3), and Mr. Hovey (@HoveyTech) for their assistance with this special project!