Filed Under (Interactive Whiteboard Systems in Education, All Products, APPLICATION, All Applications) by tracy_ipevo on 2014-08-11
Suzan Decker, Conewago Elementary School, Elizabethtown, PA
Click Clack MOO! Oh no, let’s get this right… Click Clack Pen!!!! Welcome to Mrs. Decker’s Magic Pen! The IS-01 is kindergarten’s “Magic Pen”! It is a regular staple in our AM and PM kindergarten classes! Since the induction of pen in Room 101, the children, our classroom aide and I have been able to use this form of technology on a daily basis! Listed below are just a few of the many ways the IS-01 helps to educate my students on a daily basis:
*In the morning, along with the IPEVO document camera, a checklist of names appears on the whiteboard allowing each child to click on a favorite color and “Check In” for daily attendance. (I have no trouble with the children forgetting to check in because the pen is so motivating!)
*While guided reading groups are going on, the IS-01 pen allows the Work on Writing group (Daily 5) to practice writing sight words, color coding the vowels in one color and/or spelling patterns in another color.
*Beginning readers use the pen to circle and count words as they learn the difference between a letter and a word. The children use the tool to underline words in a poem that rhyme or to circle a comma or a period in a sentence.
*As their teacher, it allows me to creatively teach the Writing Trait –Conventions –using the color green for the word “I” at the beginning of a sentence to understand that every sentence begins with a capital letter, write the rest of the sentence in black and end the sentence with a blue period. Children’s stories, during peer editing, can be checked for conventions using the above model.
*In math, the children are able to complete a math page together and are able to actively participate in the lesson in a large or small group setting. Also, the pen allows for so much color coding at this level to breakdown concepts that can be very difficult for a kindergarten child in math. With the new PA standards, children are creating and using 10 frames for adding and subtracting .The pen allows them to understand the concepts by actively engaging in the lesson.
*Lastly, the IS-01 technology has allowed me to be given the highest marks available in the technology category under the New Teacher Evaluation System for Pennsylvania My principal was so impressed. All of this time, he thought that the technology teachers were the upper grade teachers down the hall. He had no idea how tech savvy I had become using your products which include the IS-01 and the document camera. He said that I was the best kept secret when it comes to using a variety of technology in my classroom!
Simply put, the IS-01 has helped me create strategies that teach across the entire spectrum of learning in my classroom. It has changed the way I teach and has had such an effect on the “light bulbs” turning on in their little minds with a variety of concepts so much earlier in the year. Many students are able to “get it”, to understand a concept so much faster because of the “Magic Pen!” The “Magic Pen” does a lot of work helping to educate so many students in both half day kindergarten sessions.
But, I know that none of this would have been possible without your generous gifts and contributions you so willing donate to classroom teachers. So, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for the opportunity to become a better teacher using your products and for giving them so freely to all of the teachers who are smart enough to use your WISHPOOL to use technology in the classroom.