Saturday, August 18, 2007

First Week

Well the days of me sleeping in, having more than 20 minutes to eat my lunch, and actually being able to do things on the weekdays are over. Our school began this Thursday and I must admit that I am a little excited about the possibilities of this year. I figured in this entry I would talk about some of the technology goals that I have for my classroom this year. So here goes:

- I have a new document camera in my room and I would love to be able to incorporate it as much as possible in my classroom. Now how I am going to use it is still up in the air, but I can still see endless possibilities with it.

- By the end of the year I would like to have between 10-15 Ipod shuffles for our special education students to use. My ultimate goal would be for them to check them out and to use them at home to listen to books they are reading in class or to review for tests they may have coming up in their classes.

- I would like to make my blackboard website more parent friendly. Many times parents will tell me that they don't know when their child has tests coming up or what they are doing in class. My goal is to make my blackboard site show what students are doing in their core classes everyday and also inform them of when tests are coming up.

- The last goal I have is to use technology more efficiently to evaluate my students IEP goals. One way I would like to do this is by using Quia to do online tests with my students. I plan on doing this two times a month and students can take the test at their own leisure. I will discuss more about this later.

School has gotten off to a great start and I am hoping it will be a great year.