Sunday, March 26, 2017

Chromebooks in Spanish Class

Last summer I was thrilled and humbled to learn that I had been awarded a $3000 grant from Education Minnesota for Chromebooks in Spanish class.

My proposal was to facilitate digital website portfolios to show growth evidence. I purchased my Chromebooks in August and prepared to implement them on School Day #1, in my Spanish 2 class.

A summary of my observations and tips:

  • DO read blogs and articles about how others have implemented similar programs. (Pinterest, Twitter and Google are your friends!)
  • DO "play" with your devices as much as you can. The more you know, the better off you'll be.
  • DO NOT feel threatened if your students know more than you. They can teach you and others, and all will benefit. 
  • DO think carefully about what device you want if looking into a grant. Chromebooks are economical, easy to use, and convenient for a classroom. If I had to do it over again...I'd choose the same! 
  • DO plan for extra time. Assembling our portfolio websites and periodically adding content took much longer than I'd initially thought it would. 
  • DO NOT fret if something doesn't go as planned. That is real-life technology. Teach your students to go with the flow and trouble-shoot as best they can.
  • DO remember your overall objectives. Technology is not the goal, but a tool to help reach your goal.
  • DO be prepared to have fun!
Do you have a favorite device in your classroom? What are your thoughts on 1:1 in schools? I'd love to hear from you!