The Next Page Entry 34: iPads? Really?

The Next Page Entry 34: iPads? Really?

So, there I was in the workroom a week ago and I noticed an unlabeled box on an upper shelf. The true teacher in me knows to snap up loose, unattended boxes for, well, you never know—math manipulatives, projects to bring home for review [and 90% of the time return, unreviewed], science supplies, lost-and-found-and-not-yet-catalogued-for-corner-dust-collecting, you name it.]

When I swiveled the box in my direction, there was unexpected resistance. And a label appeared on the other side: Mrs. Snyder–iPads. I pulled down the box, opened it, and eyed a stack of eight iPads. Interesting. And tempting. But I returned the box. I mean, you never know if someone else had laid claim to them. I jotted a checkmark in the lower corner.

A week later, I looked again. Checkmark in place. The box hadn’t moved. The unwritten ‘teacher statute-of-limitations’ had lapsed. It was time to give these babies a home. As tech-deficient as I am, even I checked for the power supplies. Yep. And home they came for a recharge. 

Thank you, Bobbi Snyder. I hope you’re enjoying retirement. 

The Next Page Entry 33: Cameras in the classroom update

The Next Page Entry 33: Cameras in the classroom update

As long as Beth and her trusty sidekick Sanjay are handling the tech end of things, I’m sure our photographers will continue to thrive.

Recent eye-openers by the kids:

  1. I asked the kids to draw various geometrical shapes. Two kids [James and Jennifer] asked if they could go out and take photos of shapes they find on the playground. Not one to steal thunder, but wanting all the kids to try it, I had those two announce their idea to the class. Within minutes, Room 36 had scattered across turf and blacktop in search of ‘real-world geometry’. And, of course, Mrs. Nix witnessed it the kids laying siege. I’m just learning to shrug and live with possible future grilling.
  2. Sanjay created a screensaver slide show of those photos that the kids see when my projector-connected laptop shifts into limbo. [my non-techie term for locked/inactive mode]. ‘Locked/inactive’…at times applicable to me about 2:30 most afternoons. Problem: School dismisses at 3:00. ;->
  3. Creating ‘Postcards from Room 36′ entries for the school newsletter. Rather than—to quote Beth Carson—’a boring old paragraph’, we’ve submitted a travel log-themed layout of four captioned photos.
The Next Page Entry 32: A Chat with Ms. Page [Traffic cop aftermath]

The Next Page Entry 32: A Chat with Ms. Page [Traffic cop aftermath]

Milo the Muse: So, Joanna, your little foray into community policing…

Joanna Page: Yeeesh, I guess I was a little…how does ‘impulsive’ sound?. But I’ve seen a few close calls where attention-scattered parents are ending phone conversations, checking on fastened seat belts, and doling out granola bars while rolling their battleships-on-wheels through the parking lot.

Milo the Muse: Are you sure you’re not exaggerating a bit?

Joanna Page: Okay, not battleships. Let’s go with armored cars. 

Milo the Muse: Have you gotten any flak for your spontaneous career change?

Joanna Page: Not especially. Well, one teacher accused me of grandstanding, but I think she was talking about me in general and some of the other stuff I’ve been doing. Yeah, but from her, I wouldn’t expect any different. Wonder of all wonders, I haven’t heard from Mrs. Nix. I’m thinking she’s just adding this to her burgeoning ‘J. Page’ file.

From the others, just a few non-committal ‘I heard about…’ comments. But you see, this is the point…over the years, we’ve talked about this issue off and on, but we always kick the can down the road. So, it wasn’t my intention, but maybe this will be enough to make that battle zone a little safer.

Milo the Muse: Battle zone…there you go again with the exaggeration. 

Joanna Page: Call it what you want. I would just as soon see cars banished entirely during that time, but that’ll never happen. God forbid people have to leave their cars and walk a little and yeah, I know, some have kids in car seats and all that, so I know I’m dreaming, but still…

Milo the Muse: You have a gleam in your eye…

Joanna Page: It just hit me–Too bad we’re a public school. Otherwise, we could auction off monthly passes for after-school pickup. Great fundraiser, I would think.

Milo the Muse: Go back to your classroom. You’re getting a little wonky.