Since 2015, teachers at Rockingham County Schools have completely revolutionized the way they teach by embracing the power digital technology has for students.
“By taking a step back and looking at how we can change the learning environment, we have greatly impacted student achievements,” says Sonja Parks, Rockingham’s assistant superintendent. “Children are using new equipment and moving around during classes, talking to teachers, sharing their ideas, and ultimately, learning at a higher level than ever before.”
Part of preparing students for the real world is teaching them to collaborate and problem-solve while working with others in small groups. At Andover Middle School in Andover, Kansas, 7th-grade math teacher Stacey Ryan often has her students complete tasks with a partner or in groups of four to six. After 17 years in the classroom, she has found it can sometimes be challenging for educators to gauge students’ understanding through summative assessments strategies. They know a lot of learning is happening while in this small-group setting but they were struggling to capture it.
With their crowded calendars, today’s educators can be hard pressed to find time to learn from each other. Since the agendas at PD days tend to be structured with district initiatives and teachers’ peer-to-peer collaboration, time may sometimes be limited to a four-minute passing period, lunch or the few precious moments before or after students come into the classroom. Learn more about how Andover Middle School teachers solve this problem.
The Challenge: How does Oregon's second-largest school district, which has 5,000 ELL students speaking 95 different languages, Help their teachers' articulate speech more clearly so the students can speed up their language acquisition process.
At JM Grasse Elementary School, their hearing impaired students had difficulty hearing the teacher and fellow students, and introverted students were reluctant to speak out in class. Once the school installed classroom audio systems, they experienced lower discipline rates and increased confidence in public speaking.
Discover how 3 audiologists met with parents, principals, administration and PTO to garner enough funds to provide Redcat Systems for all Elementary Schools.
Find out why Mountain View Elementary choose the Flexcat as an essential piece of technology for their new Makerspace in the Library.
Learn how Tahoe Truckee overcame equity problems in the learning environment between portables and traditional Classrooms.
Beaverton School District choose the Redcat audio systems in their ELL classrooms to allow student to experience clear language modeling.
Learn how Freewater Elementary School created equity in the learning environments between their portable and traditional classrooms by adding classroom audio equipment.