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As educators, we are committed to preparing students to be literate and responsible citizens in a 21st century world. Today’s world provides educators with robust technological tools. These 21st century resources engage students in a form of learning that helps them develop various forms of literacy. As society changes and technology evolves, so does literacy and its intensity and complexity. Our 21st century world demands that a literate person possess a wide range of abilities and competencies, in essence, many forms of literacy. These forms of literacy are multiple, dynamic, and malleable. Our success in this world will be defined based on our ability to:
- Develop proficiency and fluency with the tools of technology;
- Build intentional cross-cultural connections and relationships with others so to pose and solve problems collaboratively and strengthen independent thought;
- Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes;
- Manage, analyze, and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information;
- Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia texts;
- Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments.
By immersing our students in a technology-rich instructional environment, we are developing the skills required for our students to be literate in the world that they will live. We are providing them with the foundation to be effective and responsible users of technology. By teaching students to think critically, collaborate and be creative we are developing skills needed to be 21st century learners and citizens.
Throughout the course of the 2011-2012 school year, a team of administrators and teachers investigated the effectiveness of using mobile technology in the classroom. We visited schools participating in 1:1 programs using mobile devices and laptops, reviewed current educational research, and spoke numerous times with Apple Systems Engineers and Educational Consultants to determine an effective plan for our school. As a result of this investigation, we are convinced that iPads and the applications and tools available with them, are more than educational resources. We are convinced that these devices will transform the teaching and learning environment. As a result of this investigation we formed the following Vision statement to guide our program.
Vision: Use iPads as a catalyst to transform the teaching and learning environment to enable us to achieve and exceed our Middle States student achievement goal.
We have identified and implemented the following Strategies to Achieve Goal:
- Identifying opportunities to improve learning experiences such as: student engagement, formative ongoing assessment, differentiation, learning experiences at the student’s instructional level (remediation, reinforcement, enrichment, acceleration), providing more time for the teacher to diagnose, prescribe and guide, and promoting 21st skills (collaborate, create, communicate and engage in critical thinking and problem-solving)
- Using iPad activities to expand the school day
- Reconsidering existing practices, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors
- Using iPad professional development as a vehicle to develop and expand professional collaboration
Start here to get an overall sense of how technology, in particular iPads, are changing the way our students learn, study and interact.
This section describes in detail the various iPad Apps our students are using in the classroom. We explain which apps are used in each grade level, how often and for what purpose.
Here we answer the most common questions our parents have about the use of technology in the classroom.
Frequently Asked Questions…