Thursday, September 12, 2013

Tablet Learning Program: An Update

It’s been a great start to the school year and we are so thankful for everybody's support as we embark on the tablet learning program. We have taken a deliberate approach in these early days spending time identifying changes in process and procedure that are a part of a shift like this, and I am confident this “front loading” of tablet skills will set the foundation for an enhanced learning experience in the very near future.

Remember, we are a mere ten days into the school year, and while it is natural for any new program to hit some bumps in the road, I have been very impressed with the way our teachers and students are utilizing the new tablets. Here are a few examples of what I’ve seen:

  • A new Google Site created as a home base for writing prompts and resources
  • Google Forms used for opening thought exercises
  • Graphic organizers by students from NoteAnytime displayed in a slideshow from iPhoto
  • Notes and highlighting being done directly on e-texts, along with stylus and finger highlighting on interactive e-text maps
  • A test shared through the Google Platform and handed in through the student folders
  • Cloud On being used in Science classes to link multiple cloud based storage spaces and presentations
  • QR code scavenger hunts
  • Former hard copy worksheets scanned and sent out via PDF

We have four goals for the tablet learning program over the next two years:

  1. Go Paperless
  2. Implement Problem Based Learning
  3. Review and Design 21st C. Assessments: Creative, Authentic, Multi-Faceted, and Professional
  4. Increase Connectivity

I'm optimistic that we are off to a great start towards accomplishing these goals.

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