are in the trenches of “back to school.”
I have to say that I really love this time of year, the weather has
cooled down some (not that Maine is known for crazy hot weather, but humidity, yes),
and we are ready to get back into a routine after a summer of doing whatever we
felt like doing.
I am finding that there are so many ways technology is helping me along this
school, and even some kindergarten classes in my state are giving kids Apple
iPads to utilize with their classes.
What a difference from when I was in school.
74% of households have at least one tablet.
Tablets and smartphones are becoming a simple tool which ensures
students are staying on top of their schoolwork. They aren’t just for entertainment!
Device survey conducted by Harris Interactive, 87% of students would prefer to
have digital textbooks so they don’t have to carry so much in their
backpacks? Yes, I remember those first
days of school quite well, coming home with a back ache because I had so many
books to carry home with me!
the kids work for homeschool reporting purposes, and I thought I would expand
on that a bit today. One of the biggest
things that I do with my iPhone 5s is take pictures – a lot
of pictures. I’m sure I am not in the
the work my kids do throughout the year, big projects, science experiments,
showing that they are doing some sort of physical exercise, the easiest thing I
could think of was to take a lot of pictures.
With the option of Instagram and their very cool filters, I know that at
the end of the year I will have a ton of beautiful pictures that I can then use
to show what my children have done throughout the year.
(homeschooled or otherwise) keep up with school. There are so many great apps out there to help
you keep up with all the paper that seems to come through the house. One of my favorites is Dropbox. It is a cloud-based file sharing and storage
app, and it is free – we love free! It
is easy for students to save their work and just put it in Dropbox for the teacher
to grab. No paper! I love that.
sketch ideas, keep a journal, integrate photos and record a lecture, keeping it
all in one place.
incredibly important these days. Our
children are growing up in a completely new world from when we were going to
school, and utilizing technology every day is a part of that new world. I love that US Cellular has such great 4G LTE
coverage, which makes keeping up with school on the go (for us homeschoolers)
super easy. When we are at the museum
and the kids have more questions than the little plaque has answers, I can
bring up my good friend Google and figure out an answer for them!
to fund teacher classroom projects through its Calling All Teachers program. Last year, the company
donated $500,000 towards educational materials for improved classroom
performance. US Cellular is working with
DonorsChoose.org for the fourth time and encourages teachers to post their
projects on the site for potential funding.
DonorsChoose.org is a charity website that helps teachers identify funds
from corporate and individual donations for classroom projects.
ongoing commitment to the community and education, they have contributed more
than $7 million through this and other philanthropic programming. Starting today K-12 public school teachers
can register online at DonorsChoose.org and affiliate as a U.S. Cellular
teacher. Then they can start posting their classroom projects for funding
consideration. Through DonorsChoose.org U.S. Cellular has funded more than
4,500 classroom projects to date, which included technology tools, art
equipment and science experiments. All projects must be submitted by September
21 to be eligible for this year’s funding.
Selected projects will be in announced in October.
access to all of this technology to help them
with school, it is also a good time to remember to have a discussion with your
kids about what is acceptable technology usage – especially in a classroom
environment. A great way to start the
conversation with your kids is to use the Parent Child Technology Use Agreement. We want our children to be safe while
utilizing the best of what technology offers.