The teachers of Cadre 1 entered their monthly meeting empty handed but left with devices to help reshape their classrooms.
A total of 20 teachers were surprised with goodie bags, which contained a Macbook and an iPad 2.
These teachers are a part of the initial year of digital classrooms, and their lessons aim to incorporate technology into the students’ curriculum.
“It is set to transform teaching,” said Dr. Laura Sheneman, Coordinator of Library Services. “It is not just giving teachers these devices, but transforming how they interact with students in the classroom.”
The individuals in Cadre 1 come from 17 campuses across the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District. They were selected through an application process. HCISD intends to increase the number of digital classrooms to 60 for the next school year.
As the initial excitement passed, the month’s layer of learning was discussed, which was social media in the classroom. The meetings will focus on a new topic each month and continue until the end of the school year.
For teachers not able to participate, the same equipment can be found at their campus Information Literacy Center (ILC).
The application process for the next class of digital classroom instructors will begin in Spring 2013.