Technology is an integral part of our classroom. We have a tech cart of 10 iPads and 18 Chromebooks available on a daily basis. While I absolutely love technology, I feel strongly that personal electronic devices (like smartphones) are more of a distraction than an asset in the middle school classroom. As such, I want to emphasize that personal electronic devices are not needed in my Language Arts class AT ALL. Parents--if your child's smartphone is the leverage by which you motivate him/her to behave responsibly and appropriately, do what you need to do. I support you; I applaud you; I admire you.
That being said, we
will use some form of technology almost each and every day! My goal is to house 85%-90% of all notes, activities, assignments, etc. in Google Classroom, and students will be expected to use educational apps and sites to engage in content, study, and demonstrate their learning.
Google Apps for Education
Our school is a Google Apps for Education School. In this classroom, we will be using the district google accounts to collaborate, write, revise and publish writing and presentations. Each student has a Google Account. Within this account, they have access to the following Google Applications: Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets, Google Drawing, Google Email, and many more.