Over the summer, I attended the Transforming Education Through Digital Learning (TEDL) Summer Academy sponsored by Title 1 Technology Office during which they announced that they were accepting applications for a TEDL Classroom technology grant. Having had very strong interests in the use of technology in the classroom in general and in emerging pedagogical practices such as blended learning and flipped classrooms, I saw it as a great opportunity to transform my ESOL classroom into one that allows for multi-media platforms of learning.
The application required that you answer a series of questions regarding your knowledge of technology in education and its impact on students’ learning. I, of course, applied and became one of the lucky recipients of the TEDL Classroom grant this year. This grant provides me with a classroom set of 30 iPads with sturdy cases, a MacBook Air, a mini-iPad for the teacher, and a mobile cart.
This has been a truly exciting year for me and for my ESOL students, as well as for all other students at my school who can now have the opportunity to use digital resources and interactive tools in the classroom. With thoughtful planning, adequate knowledge, and appropriate use of various resources, this one-to-one iPad initiative truly has the capacity to transform teaching and learning in the elementary classroom. I applaud the initiative of the Title 1 Technology Office in allowing my classroom and other elementary classrooms to become TEDL Classrooms.