Committed to Learning
This summer I spent some time with my great-niece Amelia, she is an impressive little girl with many talents. Amelia is bilingual; she is able to speak English & Spanish fluently and will translate if needed. She loves to look at books and have them read to her, yet will correct you if you mispronounce a word or say a sentence incorrectly in Spanish. What was truly amazing was watching this newly turned three year old, navigate herself through technology with ease. She was able to sign-in to her Amazon account and read books, her YouTube account to watch her saved Nick Jr. & PBS videos and can exit each website correctly. After our visit, it made me ponder, what technology skills will our Kindergarteners have in 2015-16 & will we be prepared for them?
I have to say, I’m truly proud of the staff at Oneonta. Everyone on campus has made a commitment to a year of learning with Common Core. Part of this commitment includes usage of technology, knowing correct terms, navigation of the internet and varied systems. We currently have every class scheduled to use either chrome books, net books or our computer lab on a weekly basis while others use it daily. We have some dipping their big toe in the pool of technology, others like our 5th & 6th grade team have dove in with keyboarding skills, using Google Docs to produce, publish & share their work with their teacher and/or peers for editing or feedback. I look forward to this year of change in Common Core and I’m excited to see what’s in our future for technology.
About the Author: Michelle Syverson is the Academic Coach at Oneonta. She’s a wife, mother of one, Aunt of five & Great Aunt of four. She loves teaching especially math & technology. She was initially introduced to computers in the late 70’s, while watching an IBM punch card system for accounting, then receiving a personal commodore 64 in the early 80’s.