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"We are investigating if we want to buy textbooks anymore, or do we want to buy iPads or something similar that the textbooks can be loaded into,” Ricci said. “The publishing field is changing dramatically. We met with representatives from Pierson, a big textbook publisher, and even they will admit that the industry is changing so fast that, in time, the idea of publishing textbooks on paper will probably go away."
I was originally going to share this article for a note on iPads in education, but something caught my eye and the focus has shifted.
As a note for aspiring journalists everywhere: typos and incorrect names are inexcusable. You’re a professional. Do your job.
Teaching Lesson #42342: Be flexible and adaptable (aka WHEN TECHNOLOGY FAILS)
Today was my first observation with fifth grade.
Part of my lesson involved reviewing the students’ spelling words and sorting them by ending sounds /zher/ and /cher/. They had a page in their workbooks, and quite frankly, having them do that would take 2 minutes and would be super boring and non-engaging. I had planned an activity on the SmartBoard where the students would be able to at least drag and drop their spelling words onto the appropriate end sound, and that would make the word disappear. However, I learned my co-op doesn’t have the smartboard software installed on his computer.
I realized this about 10 minutes before my scheduled observation. Quickly, I made three sets of the 20 spelling words on post it notes. I made up three “stations” (on the front board, back board, and side board) and put the post-its on each station. I divided the students up and they had a race to see which group could sort the spelling words the fastest, and get the most correct. I actually liked this better than my original plan!