Saturday, April 11, 2009

Action Packed Apple Day

So this last Thursday was Apple Day.

It meant that our school was selected to host a technology visit. Teachers, trainers, administrators, and Apple representatives from around the country had the opportunity to see a glimpse of a day in the life of a student in a Phase 2 technology school. This means that our building is home to around 300 laptops and has access to SMART Boards, digital document cameras, and ceiling mounted projectors in each classroom.

Our staff was hand picked with technology infusion in mind, and over the past two years we have spent countless hours practicing and training in delivering instruction and designing activities to utilize our high end tools to help students be prepared for a world of jobs that haven't even been created yet.

Overall we were all a little anxious for the event and this being our first show, we didn't know how the children would react and what issues would arise.

The event went exceptionally well, with only a few minor hang ups with the filtering system and Internet.
I had three classes to demo and they went better than could have been expected. The kids were all on task, independent, polite, and positive.

It was quite a show overall, with teachers showing off Google Earth, GPS units, waltzing in the gym, creating interactive projects, recording stories in Garage Band, showing clay-mation movies, and doing all the things they do best.
From an outsider's perspective, it really looked like we knew what we were doing.
I am sure the teachers were on edge from the pressure, but they really didn't show it.

Happy to have it behind us, and glad it went so well...

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