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Irene Farmer
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  • Andover, MA
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Aug 6, 2014
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Year Two of 1:1 in Grade One

Ok...so now a year has passed since my last blog on using iPads in a 1:1 grade one classroom.  I've learned a lot along the way.  I'm sorry I didn't write as I was learning, but this was a roller-coaster year of trying, failing, changing and (sometimes) succeeding... only to try, fail and sometimes succeed again.  I call it my lather, rinse, repeat process.  Now I am a week out of school and have time to share both my successes, challenges and -- ultimately--  my changes in how my students used…See More
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Apr 1, 2013
Irene Farmer posted a blog post

My Thoughts on Year One of 1:1 in Grade One

My Thoughts on Year One of 1:1 in Grade OneOne of the lucky ones?Through a grant announcement at the end of last year, I learned that I would be one of four first grade classrooms in our district to pilot a 1:1 initiative with iPads this year.    I was excited and VERY NERVOUS to embark on such an endeavor. Why Me?I wasn't chosen to pilot the iPads because of my extensive knowledge and experience of iPads.  I had very limited experience through the use of a some school-wide iPads made available…See More
Mar 31, 2013
Irene Farmer left a comment for Jamie Smith
"Thanks Jamie for your comment on my blog and your encouragement. I look forward to continue to learn from you and other educators!"
Apr 20, 2012
Irene Farmer posted a blog post

Encouragement for Teachers New to Technology

Encouragement for Teachers New to TechnologyThis blog is for those of you who are just starting to get excited about the new technology you are beginning to access, but at the same time, are overwhelmed.  It's actually a message of hope so please keep reading!  It has a happy ending.For the past two or three years I have been trying to do the "technology thing."  I'm trying to be the tech savvy educator who is keeping up with all that is becoming available to us as educators.  I am fortunate…See More
Apr 17, 2012
Jamie Kelley and Irene Farmer are now friends
Oct 18, 2011
Melissa Linhart commented on Irene Farmer's blog post Loving my i-pad in the Classroom!
"I have been teaching with an iPad since last April and can't imagine life without it.  Have you found the ReadMe app?  It is great for lower grades - an audio pic book app that sends a new story each day.  My second graders loved…"
Oct 17, 2011
Melissa Linhart liked Irene Farmer's blog post Loving my i-pad in the Classroom!
Oct 17, 2011
D Slaton commented on Irene Farmer's blog post Responsible For Happiness
"What a fantastic view of working with children!  We sometimes tend to be panicked about time mangement and most of us need to really look at our students."
Sep 16, 2011
Dan Callahan commented on Irene Farmer's blog post "Unconference" Style Professional Development Reveals Interest in Yoga in the Classrooms
"I'm so glad your session went well! One of the things I like best about having unconference-style PD days is precisely for the reason that it gives people an opportunity to share their own interests and passions without concern of whether it…"
Oct 1, 2010
Brenda left a comment for Irene Farmer
"Thank you so much for your comment and ideas! I will definitely check out the link that you provided. I am new to this PLN, so I hope I've posted correctly! Thanks again! Brenda"
Aug 26, 2010
Irene Farmer's blog post was featured

How One Tweet Changed A Teacher's View of Social Media

I've always firmly believed that life presents you with the perfect people, resources, opportunities and teachers at precisely the right moment. What I didn't know was how lightning fast this realization becomes once you become involved in social media.When I ventured to create a Twitter account just over 3 weeks ago, I probably held the same exact thoughts that many teachers who aren't using social media currently hold:Why should I enter into the social media media world (aside from updating…See More
Mar 11, 2010
David Britten commented on Irene Farmer's blog post A Teacher's Frustration with Technology
"Wonderful, eye-opening piece, Irene. As a superintendent, I appreciate this kind of perspective on a common concern."
Mar 5, 2010
Alan Stange left a comment for Irene Farmer
"My first friend!"
Feb 28, 2010
Diana Marcus commented on Irene Farmer's blog post Social Skills Teaching Is Back In My Classroom!
"Great post, Irene! It has, indeed, been a roller-coaster of a year. Congratulations on balancing the mandated changes with the needs of your students. It's an honor to have you as a colleague."
Feb 28, 2010

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Year Two of 1:1 in Grade One

Posted on August 5, 2014 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Ok...so now a year has passed since my last blog on using iPads in a 1:1 grade one classroom.  I've learned a lot along the way.  I'm sorry I didn't write as I was learning, but this was a roller-coaster year of trying, failing, changing and (sometimes) succeeding... only to try, fail and sometimes succeed again.  I call it my lather, rinse, repeat process.  Now I am a week out of school and have time to share both my…
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My Thoughts on Year One of 1:1 in Grade One

Posted on March 31, 2013 at 12:02am 0 Comments

My Thoughts on Year One of 1:1 in Grade One

One of the lucky ones?

Through a grant announcement at the end of last year, I learned that I would be one of four first grade classrooms in our district to pilot a 1:1 initiative with iPads this year.    I was excited and VERY NERVOUS to…
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Encouragement for Teachers New to Technology

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 4:59pm 1 Comment

Encouragement for Teachers New to Technology

This blog is for those of you who are just starting to get excited about the new technology you are beginning to access, but at the same time, are overwhelmed.  It's actually a message of hope so please keep reading!  It has a happy ending.



For the past two or three years I have been trying to do the "technology thing."  I'm trying to be the tech savvy educator who is keeping up with all that is becoming available to us as educators.… Continue

I-pad is the key to unlocking the door to engagement

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 6:00pm 0 Comments

I finally had the chance to use a classroom set of i-pads as a reinforcement to all of the math concepts my first graders have learned so far (see photo above). Instant feedback to children is of vital importance when it comes to reinforcing a newly-learned skill. When there is only one teacher in the room, instant…

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At 3:38pm on November 20, 2010, Lisa Michelle Dabbs said…
Hi Irene!
I have missed seeing you on Twitter...seems like it's been for over 6 months now. I hope all is well. Are you still tweeting? I checked your twitter handle here in your page and it went to an error page. Hope to see you, soon!
All the best, Lisa
At 11:20am on August 26, 2010, Brenda said…
Thank you so much for your comment and ideas! I will definitely check out the link that you provided. I am new to this PLN, so I hope I've posted correctly! Thanks again! Brenda
At 4:24pm on February 28, 2010, Alan Stange said…
My first friend!
At 1:39pm on February 27, 2010, Thomas Whitby said…
I use it to recognize people who contribute and bring value to this PLN. It allows others to see you and recognize that you are a contributor. They can then friend and follow for a more personal connection. You have to settle for this, because I have no cash.
 
 
 

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