The January 8th PTO meeting featured a thorough and engaging presentation on the different technologies currently in use in Hannah classrooms.
Per the Massachusetts Digital Learning and Computer Science Frameworks, digital literacy and computer science knowledge, reasoning, and skills are essential both to prepare students for civic efficacy in the 21st century and to prepare and inspire a much larger and more diverse number of students to pursue the innovation and creative careers of the future.
Below are the various tools that were described and discussed.
Lexia: Provides differentiated literacy instruction which targets specific student needs. The Lexia Core 5 program is used primarily with students in grades K-2 at Hannah. Students utilize the program for 20 minutes a day as part of their literacy stations in the classroom.
ST Math (a.k.a. Jiji): A personalized learning platform which presents students with puzzles which require critical thinking and visual problem solving. Students in grades K-4 utilize the ST Math program for 20 minutes a day as part of their independent math stations. Teachers extend the puzzles in offline Puzzle Talks which explore the concepts within a puzzle and the strategies used to solve them.
See Saw: A digital portfolio that collects students’ digital and physical work in one place. Everything is organized, making assessment and conferences easier. Built-in tools make it easy for students to capture their learning, reflect, and develop new skills. See Saw also allows parents to communicatewith and see what’s going on in your classroom, building a strong school-home community. Learn more about See Saw here.
Read Naturally Live Lab: This research based intervention takes place 30 minutes per day in a morning lab setting to support students with phonics, comprehension, vocabulary and fluency. Students are invited to participate in the lab based on DIBELS progress monitoring.
Digital Citizenship: Students are taught the importance of being a responsible digital citizen, including understanding digital footprint, cyberbullying, and how to engage positively. More information at Cyberwise.
Google (incl. Google Slides and Google Classroom): A personal folder of work throughout a student’s time in Beverly.
The presentation deck can be found here.
Beverly Public Schools policies around digital resources live here.
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