Part of the district’s digital initiative is providing a Google Chromebook for every teacher and student within the next three years. High school students will be the first to take part this fall and teachers are gearing up for a technology filled year.
With three summer sessions offered, staff members were able to learn the basics and gain tips and tricks from those who participated in the trial period last year.
“We got really positive feedback on our session, just getting teachers to think about practical things like ‘should I rearrange the desks in my room now, so that I can see screens better?’ or ‘should I have an icon on my target slide in my classroom when my students walk in so they know whether to get their device out or leave it in their bag?” said communication arts teacher Keith Carlson.
And the advantages translate outside of the classroom as well.
Social studies teacher Joanna Berg comments, “One of the things is just student completion of work. You no longer have that excuse of ‘oh I lost my homework’ or ‘I forgot it in my locker’. They always have their chromebook on them and so they were able to constantly communicate with me. If they had any questions about homework or they were confused about something, I was readily available. Then just the uploading and submission of work was just so seamless and I could give such great, and quick feedback to students.”
With courses covering web applications, classroom management, and technology integration, this new style of digital classrooms is aimed to enhance the academic experience not only for students, but for teachers too.
Director for Professional Learning, Melissa Hampton adds, “I think probably what I’m most excited about is that we’re going into something a little bit new, something a little unknown. I think whenever you do that, the possibilities are endless and I think once we’re able to see the one to one happen, and all students with devices, I think we’re really going to be able to personalize learning for students so much more.”
The program is estimated to cost $1.4 million and technology fees will increase from $29 to $50 for District 203 students.
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