1st Graders Rock with Technology!

Nov 29, 2007 by

Every so often, I’ll search through TeacherTube to see what sort of gems are out there. Lately, the quality of the videos, and the content has been improving dramatically. In fact, a recent contest sponsored by Interwrite Learning, a manufacturer of smart boards, tablets, and other goodies, has produced some amazing videos about using technology in the classroom. My personal favorite is the winning video for K-5. Rich Colosi, an elementary teacher in Canandaigua, New York, has produced the kind of video with his students that makes me want to move back into the classroom where I have constant contact with the same kids everyday, instead of just the 45 minutes I see each class every week.

Enjoy the movie, and don’t be ashamed if you find your feet tapping.

6 Comments

  1. Ren Baldwin

    You are right Ben, that was very cool.
    I’m going to spend some more time on Mr. Colosi’s site to check it out more.
    Thanks for posting.
    Ren

  2. Rose Applegate

    It is fantastic that you are encouraging young ladies to become techno-savy. I am half-century old and just trying to learn. This is my first message on this type of technology.

  3. Rose, congrats on posting your first thoughts this! It’s quite difficult for many educators, and non-educators, to get past the feeling that so much on the web is irrelevant, and that personal voice doesn’t matter. Just sharing a few thoughts is a great step though, and I hope you keep on posting here and other places. Encouraging children of all ages and both sexes is equally important to me, especially when I see more girls at the elementary level catching on faster than boys when it comes to using new software.

  4. Ben, I completely agree. I switched a few years ago from third grade teacher to Library Media Specialist. There are many times when I wish I had my own kids again. You have 45 minutes but I could stretch to an hour if I skipped book checkout. Not sure I want to go that route, but the bottom line is this – I need more time with the kids.

  5. AndyAK

    It would be interesting to know where girls drop tech careers. I’ve always thought it was an area that OUGHT to be wide open……there’s none of the natural filters like need for bulk and upper body strength. And one beauty of a lot of tracks in tech is that it is very results oriented on an objective scale. Your stuff works or it don’t. Takes some of the air out of the tires of the “old boys club”.

    Is it something we’re doing??? Or is it something in the choices that females make?

  6. I really don’t understand why interactive whiteboard takeup hasn’t been faster. The potential, especially with the latest software applications, seems to impressive to ignore.

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