My school is all gifted, so I teach the normal 4th grade subjects -- language arts, math, social studies. The difference is that our classes are up a year in level, so I teach a 5th grade math curriculum to my 4th graders, for example. We also accommodate for differences -- sometimes we send a student to the next grade for math if he or she is two or more years ahead of the standard grade level. We also differentiate in class with flexible groups, differing assignments, etc. We have a lot of freedom to try different things, for example we teach social studies through simulations. It's a cool school and fun a fun place to be. Does that answer your question? Are you in the Ning Gifted Education network? I'm really a beginner as far as using new technology. I tried a WebQuest last year.
Aloha! I'm a crusty ancient old-timer in regard to participatory media, virtual community, etc., but a newcomer to teaching. I teach Participatory Media, Digital Journalism, and Virtual Community, so I darned well BETTER include Web 2.0 media and methods. I started by reading Will Richardson's book and by picking the brains of the few people I knew who applied these media and methods. I'm eager to learn more. Here is a syllabus in progress. I'm in the process of moving it to Socialtext.
Hi, I'm Ellen. I'm the ed tech specialist and computer teacher at a Pre-K to Grade 5 school in Brooklyn, New York. This was our first year getting our feet wet with blogging (no individual blogs for the kids yet, but a class blog) and podcasts. I'm hoping to get into wikis, regular podcasting, digital storytelling and more blogs next year and look forward to hearing about what all of you are doing with your students. I also do PD for teachers in my region and I'm teaching my first graduate course in tech this summer.