iPads in the Classroom

Dear School of Education Alumni!

As I am writing this, it is just a week from Thanksgiving, my oldest son turns 30 on Nov. 28, and I am reminded that the world changes rapidly. How have you changed your practice this year? The School of Education has launched the new Educational Specialist (EdS) degree in EDFL, moved from hard-copy textbooks to iPads in MAT, incorporated ESOL preparation into undergraduate elementary education programs, and scheduled a spring 2012 visit from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) for the Graduate Department of Counseling to move forward with national accreditation. And these are just a few of the notable things happening in SOE!

Speaking of iPads, many of us are thoroughly enjoying this amazing mobile technology. I’m writing this letter on mine and will e-mail it directly from "Pages" to the alumni office. I am part of a grant called the Algebraic Thinking Project, and this fall I am teaching the MAT secondary math pedagogy course. The grant has provided 25 iPads for my students to use in their middle school or high school math classes. We have experienced new math apps like "Algebra Touch," "Kakooma," and "Slope Slider!" Other MAT faculty are also introducing great ways to integrate technology into classrooms to transform learning and teaching.

At this time of the year we are thankful for many things: good friends and colleagues, good work to do, a wonderful university to call home, and you, our alumni. We would love to hear where you are, what you are doing, and how your program at George Fox shaped your professional life. E-mail is the best way to contact most of us. I would encourage you to drop me or your favorite professor or staff member a note to share what's up. My address is lsamek@georgefox.edu and most addresses are firstinitiallastname@georgefox.edu.

Blessings on you and your family!
Linda Same
Dean of the School of Eduation