Yesterday, we were able to collaborate with other Bellevue Public Schools teachers who are also entering into the world of 1:1 iPad classrooms. The "veteran" 1:1 teachers were available for us "rookies" to pick apart their ideas and find out what works and doesn't. It was such an amazing work day and that helped me to feel even more excited and better prepared for this journey.
I am such a fan of the model Bellevue Public Schools has designed for becoming a 1:1 district. Teachers are able to learn about Apple Foundations and then apply for the 1:1 classroom if they feel the time is right for their students and them. Teachers who WANT to put in the time and effort to have this amazing opportunity, are able to apply to the iPad Academy. Once you've been selected for the iPad Academy, our incredible iPad coaches and tech team provide monthly collaboration times we can share our successes, failures, and create meaningful lessons for our class.
Yesterday's meeting was so beneficial to my learning as a "rookie" 1:1 teacher. I was able to find some key apps that I want to try with my students when creating portfolios and projects. I was also able to learn some very appealing ways to assist with grading and paperwork, such as Flubaroo. I am excited for the iPads to get here, and so thankful our district is investing the time and resources to ensure teachers are successful in this 1:1 iPad journey!