HOBART | The teachers from the School City of Hobart have been working to find new ways to integrate their iPads into the classroom. Mrs. Tiffany Bourne from Ridgeview Elementary and Mrs. Rhonda Crouch from the Early Learning Center at George Earle Elementary are collaborating with one another to create buddy classes and unique learning opportunities for their students over Facetime. Mrs. Bourne teaches language arts across various grade levels, 1 – 5, and Mrs. Crouch teaches kindergarten.
Once every two weeks, the classes get together over face time and share reading and writing projects with one another. The first time, Mrs. Bourne’s class presented a reader’s theatre, and Mrs. Crouch’s class got to be the penguins. They then taught the kindergarten students how to draw a penguin using 1 to 2 step directions while Mrs. Crouch’s students shared what they learned about parts of a penguin from non-fiction stories they had read throughout the week.
This week, the lessons will be centered around Dr. Seuss in celebration of Read Across America. The students from Mrs. Bourne’s class feel pride in teaching the younger students something new, and Mrs. Crouch’s students are excited to meet kids from a school they may attend next year for first grade! According to the kindergarten students, they love to work with the “big kids”, and the Facetime application offers them great opportunities to do so.