iPads, MacBook Pro, Binoculars, Oh My!

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In the world of technology, our class is sitting pretty thanks to the money we received from Century Link and AzTEA through the technology grant Mrs. Goucher and I won.  It is absolutely a dream come true for both of us.  Both Mrs. Goucher and myself really appreciate the generosity of Century Link and their commitment to the community.  Every time I think about the phone call we received letting us know we won, I get a big smile on my face!  All of the hard work writing the grant was definitely worth it!  Most of the grant was set aside to help us purchase iPads, two Mac Book Pros, and binoculars for our Project Feeder Watch.  Kids will be using them to help with data collection and recording of bird species.  We haven’t received our binoculars yet.  When we do, it will help us identify the species because we will be able to see the bird’s features much better.  

Here are a few pictures that show our excitement when the iPads and Mac Book arrived:

Feels like Christmas!


Another box to open...how many more are there?


We're getting closer!



The anticipation is killing us!


Yes! The iPad has left the box!


Yes, Mrs. Fraher is looking a little possessive of that Mac Book! Do you think she is thinking, "MINE!"

To try them out, we took a few pictures of a cactus wren and its nest in our school parking lot with the iPad.  A male and a female were building the nest and foraging for food in the median of the road.  They were very interesting to watch.  Check them out…


The Cactus Wren...Arizona's state bird.


Do you have the Cactus Wren where you live?  

If not, what bird do you have that is similar in looks to the Cactus Wren?


Cactus wrens are common in cactus country (which is us) and arid hillsides. They forage on the ground for food.


It likes to make its domed nest in thorny trees, like this Palo Verde, or Cholla cacti. This is to protect its young from predators.


Two of the prominent features of the Cactus Wren is the white eyebrow and speckled feathers. Uh, oh, he's watching us.


Listen to the chug, chug, chug of the cactus wren:

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12 thoughts on “iPads, MacBook Pro, Binoculars, Oh My!

  1. Dear Mrs.Fraher,

    I am excited because we can use them for research. We can use them for research, take pictures for our blog, practicing our skills on math. I got to take home one of the boxes that the iPad came in. I tricked my brother into thinking that I had a ipad.

    From Nicky,

  2. Dear Mrs.Fraher,

    I am so excited that we got all of the technology from the grant. I want to research,take pictures, and blog with the I-pads. What do you want to do with them? I am excited that we got the I-pads because it really helps us learn and helps time so we do not have to use a big text book.


  3. Dear Mrs. Fraher
    Wow! I love the new post! The pictures aren’t bad as well. I
    tricked a lot of people in my family. I got to take one of the boxes home and I told my parents that I got an iPad. Thank you so much. I wan’t to use the I-pads for learning fractions.

  4. Dear class,
    It really was exciting to be one of the people who opened one of the boxes. Some of the people in the class got to keep a box that we opened up. I told them to tell there brothers or sisters or both that you got an iPad. Some of the kids in our class did it and some didn’t. The best part for me was exploring the iPads. We got some things that you put the iPads in so it would look like a computer even thought it isn’t. They looked so cool. I like using them to have fun and learn on. They have lots of apps that our iPods don’t but might have soon. It was an awesome experience. 🙂

  5. Dear Mrs. Fraher,

    I am having the time of my life with these iPads. I am surrounded with a lot of technology in my life. I did not open the i Pads but I know it was fun. I am really anxious to take pictures with them. I have had the chance to explore and play with them. What I really want to do most with them is take pictures. Mrs. Fraher, if you could get more tech stuff what would it be? Right back soon.

    From Your Student,

    • Dear Lilly,

      Thank you for thoughtful comment. I would really love to get a smart board. They are very interactive and kids love using them to learn. We will be taking pictures with them this week. You will get a chance to create a lot of projects with them as well. I love being surrounded by technology. It makes me really happy!

      Mrs. Fraher

  6. Dear Gina Fraher,
    I am so excited about the Ipads. I like that we can do anything on it. We can search a search a lot of different places. I want to use the Ipads so we can research for new birds and research where they live.

    Love ,

  7. Dear Mrs.Fraher,

    I am so glad that we got iPads. I have been crazy about them. I would like to do research and do work on them. I think they are a lot of fun. I hope we can get far into the iPads because I would want to tack pictures of the bird species and do other things with it too. I like how we actually get to do stuff on the iPads.


  8. Dear Mrs. Fraher.

    What I am most excited about for the iPads is that for Project FeederWatch when we take pictures. It will have more detail because when you take a picture, you will have a bigger screen. I want to use the iPads instead of the iPods for Project FeederWatch. I hope that I can get a comment soon.


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