Newest Technology additions at Jenkins!
Teachers and students are so excited about our new Kindle Fires and student laptops! Every class received 6 Kindle Fires and 4 student laptops in the first few weeks of the 2013-2014 school year! We are adding books and apps with our title I funds to get extensive classroom libraries available in every classroom.
We are also excited about the school-wide wireless access that was added over the summer. This makes all our devices more widely used throughout the building. Over the next few months we will add some bring your own device options in a few classes.
Stay tuned for more news as we learn more about how to successfully transform our classrooms into lively learning hubs using many 21st century tools and devices!
Technology News - Summer 2013
We are adding 6 Kindle Fires per classroom by August 2013! These e-readers will provide over 125 titles to greatly expand classroom libraries. We are also excited about adding 4 student laptops for each classroom to further extend the availability of online resources and productivity tools that will be available all day every day to that class.
Over the past 2 years, PTA donations and school fundraisers have provided 38 ipads. We have 7 sets of 4 that roll into classrooms for small groups of students to use. We keep 5 iPads in each Kindle cafe also.
In our Kindle cafes, we have 72 Kindles loaded with books from levels I - Z. Children are selected from each class to attend the Kindle cafe when they finish eating their lunch. Classes also go into the Kindle cafes to enjoy reading. The Kindle cafes have other electronic reading materials as well as magazines and online reading materials.
Several of you have asked about what iPad apps we use at school and the list of Kindle books that we have. Those resource lists are now available at these links.
Ways to Contribute Any Time
There are several ways you can help us expand our technology resources. One way is a direct tax-deductible donation. Through My Payments Plus, there is a line for technology donations. MyPaymentsPlus.
Other ways do not cost anything except a little of your time. You can register at goodsearch.com and use its search engine and they will pay 1 - 2 cents per search. Another way is to do your online shopping through goodshop. Many online retailers will donate a percentage of the sale to our school.
Still another way to donate is to collect old ink cartridges, cell phones, video game systems, DVDs, ipods, etc. We sell them to a company called Cartridges for Kids which supports school technology fund raising and also benefits the environment.