Welcome to The Learning Pad! This website is devoted to sharing the different technologies that are incorporated into our K-5 building in Des Moines, IA. We will be sharing our experiences, successes, frustrations, and ideas as they pertain to integrating technology with elementary students. We are also hoping that this site will open up a conversation and community of people who will engage with each other and provide endless useful applications in K-5 classrooms. Please don't hesitate to e-mail or tweet either of us with questions, comments or concerns. Click here for information about us.
About Edmunds Elementary
Most of the information on this site will be based on what is going on at Edmunds Elementary. Edmunds is a school of about 300 students in the Des Moines Public Schools. Edmunds is a very diverse school with 99% free and reduced lunch, 64% English Language Learners, and 94% students of minority. Our school currently has grant funding and the technology that this grant has brought to the school has opened up a whole new world for the students we serve. Many of our students have limited (if any) access to computers, internet, or other technologies that are becoming commonplace in todays society. During the 2011-2012 school year, we began to incorporate different technologies into our instruction, with the main implementation being iPads. We have hopes of being 1:1 with iPads in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades by March of 2012. As of January 25th, we are 1:1 in both 5th grade and 4th grade and seeing fantastic changes. Check out the "news" tab for updates.