iLesson – as defined by me – any lesson integrating technology to engage students and create higher order thinking.
Last year I got caught up in the educational technology push, and have never looked back. Continuing on with my not-so-slight obsession with ed tech, I’ve decided to try my hand at blogging. My idea is to have this be a resource for other teachers wanting to incorporate technology into everyday lessons. I will be blogging as a teacher and a tech coach, and hope that by doing this, I can inspire other teachers to try some of these iLessons. I hope that readers will know that each of these lessons is in no way perfect, but were created and used in a real classroom.
A little background on me, so you know where I’m coming from. I am a special education teacher and the tech coach for an elementary/middle school in South Carolina. My students are primarily third through fifth grade. Though, the ability levels I teach range from first to sixth grade. I teach students using both modified and unmodified common core standards. We serve a community where 80% of our students receive free or reduced lunch. Though we are a very rural school, we are a leader in ed tech in our district. We house eleven iPod carts (each housing 40 iPods), a set of 12 iPads, and a set of 7 MacBooks. In my own classroom, I have two iPads, and use iPods from a cart every day. The iLessons I hope to highlight can be adapted to 1:1 device classroom, or a 1 device classroom. I hope that any teacher looking to jump-start a technology rich curriculum will find these ideas useful.
Please feel free to comment and ask questions. I have found that there is no better way to create a personal learning network, than by finding like-minded teachers online.