Recently I had the opportunity to embark on a technology tour at the Countryside Elementary School with Principal, Mrs. Zataveski, Supervisor of Curriculum, Mr. Saul, and our Network Manager, Mr. Bergonzoni. We visited various classrooms to see how students and teachers integrated technology into their learning. Our teachers have effectively and creativity integrated the use of Chromebooks and Google Apps (Google Slides, Classroom, Docs, Sheets) into their daily lessons and student led-activities. I was so impressed with how our kindergarten and first grade students used their Chromebooks and iPads for learning. Countryside Elementary School is an example of how successfully our teachers, students, and administrators have worked together to seamlessly integrate the use of technology into teaching and learning.
During my three hour visit, I had the opportunity to observe (1) a reading specialist working with her 1st graders and assessing their comprehension skills using iPads; (2) a first grader logging into her Chromebook with a QRL Card instead of having to remember her log-in and password; (3) two co-teaching classrooms, where a general and special education teacher co-taught lessons together; (4) our English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher using iPads to help enrich the learning and language of students whose first language is not English; (5) a Gifted and Talented Program (GAP), where students researched articles and websites for use in their multimedia presentations. GAP Students used both iPads & Chromebooks to design their projects.
Below you can see fourth graders using Google slides for their PowerPoint presentations as they discussed and engaged their classmates on one of the U.S. States they researched. Students embedded video and background music into their engaging multimedia presentations. They even designed quizzes to test their classmates on the presentation. You can see Mr. Bergonzoni and me competing on Kahoot! to select the correct answer on the student created quiz about the state of Hawaii!
Taking time to enjoy the hard work of our administrators, teachers, and students serve to remind us all about the importance of the meaningful work they all do on behalf of our students every day!
I appreciate the time and effort our staff put into their teaching all the time! The one thing that stood out to me throughout my visit, outside of the excellent use of technology, was the special way all of our teachers inspired their students to desire to learn, create, innovate, present, verbalize their ideas, and feel like a valuable member of a learning community. After all, although technology may become outdated quickly, students’ love of learning will last them a life time!