I couldn't be more excited to share with you the news that from a grant drawing last school year, our classroom was selected to receive a $5,000.00 Next Generation room make-over grant. My 2016-2017 students will be the first group of students to be able to benefit from this generous grant opportunity. After much research and observations in other district's Next Generation classrooms, I have decided to use the grant money to purchase a classroom set of I-pads. So, we are very fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to have 1-to-1 use of I-pads in our classroom now! You might be wondering, how will 1-to-1 I-pad use benefit your child? With this wonderful opportunity I will now be able to re-shape my teaching methods to facilitate rigorous, relevant, and authentic content through the use of differentiated instruction and flexible grouping that will be technology based. Utilizing this technology component will help engage, support, enhance and personalize the teaching and learning process for all students. The 1-to-1 I-pads will help to improve each student's quality of thinking, and will help to engage students in meaningful and authentic learning. The technology will help students to take ownership of their learning and will also help students to apply their knowledge to real-world experiences. I'm super excited for this wonderful opportunity and I know the students will love the I-pads too and the learning that will be taking place on them.