Friday, December 7, 2012

Pine Glen Elementary School

I went on a Field Trip.
Mrs. DeFrank, our school librarian, and I went to visit Pine Glen Elementary School in Burlington.  Principal John Lyons, a former colleague of ours, gave us the grand tour.  We interacted with teachers and students in all grades as they warmly welcomed us into their classrooms.  We saw technology in use everywhere.
Kindergarten students were dancing to the Nutcracker as they prepared for a field trip.  (oh, so cute)
First Graders were working in centers.  Some were on iPads, while others were on the smartboard.  One class had an iPad menu for each day of the week with pictures of Apps for the day.
Third Graders were editing Fractured Fairy Tales on the iPads using Popplet, Drawing Pad and Book Creator.  I was so impressed I am going to recommend those Apps for our iPads.
Fifth Graders were researching using Discovery Streaming.
QR (quick response) codes were posted outside classrooms that allow anyone to scan them for access to class blogs.  I was inspired, so I made my own.
Both the Librarian and Technology Specialist took time from their busy schedules to share the amazing things happening at the warm and cozy Pine Glen Library and Technology Center.  We saw students using ipods to look up books, chrome books as search tools, parent volunteers checking out books, a lab with a green screen in place for videos, interactive white boards, a cart of iPads and smiling students dropping in for help.   
We left Pine Glen really inspired.  A special thank you to Mr. Lyons, Mrs. D'Elia and Mr. Callahan.  We had a wonderful visit.

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