Innovative Learning Projects Announced

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Students at Washington use a laptop and electronic tablet in the classroom.

Committed to supporting dynamic and innovative learning environments, the District provides a process for staff to request technology-related resources that support creative learning environments. The first round of awards were presented last fall.(Click here to view an example from the first round)

Twenty-eight proposals were submitted for second funding round. These were reviewed and prioritized by a committee that included students, community members, and staff. Funding for these projects is from technology SILO (School Infrastructure Local Option Tax) dollars.

“The proposal process is competitive due to the number and quality of staff ideas to enhance the learning environment for students,” explained Lori Bruzek, Director of Technology. “While scores played a significant role in prioritizing proposals for funding, scores were not the sole deciding factor. When scores were very close - as many were - the committee considered factors such as students impacted, scope of project, cross-curricular connections, anticipated outcomes, and authenticity of technology use to help finalize their top recommendations.” 

The second round of awarded proposals – including the names of staff involved with the project - are detailed below.

COOLIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Amy Evans, Mary Blocker, Matthew Brems, Lynn Carney, Lory Christoffersen, Melissa Determan, Jennifer Dockendorf, Jeffery Englert, Mark Hackenmiller, Suzanne Jennings, Nicholas Lang, Lori Law, Melody Lodge, Candy Mitchell, Julie Morningstar, Patty Rooney, Michelle Richardson, Kristy Russ, Annette Sankot, Judy Schenkelberg, Jennifer Schulz, and Cindy Young

Classroom Mini-Computer Labs with Microsoft 8 Tablets

All AK- 5 classrooms will create mini-labs to be used to enhance and differentiate independent work time during reading and math blocks. The tablets would also provide the opportunity for the spontaneous use of computers during science and social studies instruction. The Review Committee noted the collaboration of staff in identifying specific uses to differentiate instruction while also ensuring authentic learning opportunities continued as students moved to higher levels. Award: 84 Surface Pro tablets and keyboards

JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL

Kelly Phelan, Matt Orton, Brian Webb, Stu Ordman

iPad Technology in Fitness Education

 Students will have ready access to iPads in Fitness Education. The resources will student-center the learning by: allowing students to record and monitor their fitness progress, self-assess and compare their technique to proper technique, and access web based software allowing increased interaction with their instructor. Students will have ready access to video tape and analyze their actual fitness techniques, monitor their skill development and take ownership of their workouts. Fundamentally altering the learning as students see how their day to day workouts and skill development affects their future performances. Students will be able to review their data history and see how their learning/skills have evolved as they have gone through the Fitness Education program. Award: 40 iPad Minis, cases, storage/charging stations

ROOSEVELT MIDDLE SCHOOL

Autumn Pino

Breaking Down Barriers: Building the Bridge to Success

Roosevelt is focused on providing students the tools they need to be successful in all classes. This project focuses on promoting academic success in reading and written communications across the curricula by expanding the use of their nationally recognized Assistive Technology lab into classrooms. The use of Surface Pro devices will expand opportunities to integrate Assistive Technology tools aiding in removing reading and written communication barriers for students. Assess to these tools in and out of the lab setting increases their academic success, independence and confidence. Award: 10 Surface Pros, keyboards, headphones/mics

ROOSEVELT MIDDLE SCHOOL

Cassidy Reinken

iPads for the Roosevelt Visual Arts Studio

Students are not only creating a ‘pretty picture’ in visual arts class, they’re using creativity when they generate new ideas or thoughts, critical thinking as they develop solutions to problems, complex communication when they work collaboratively together on projects, and productivity and accountability when they complete projects. Incorporating iPads into the visual arts classroom will increase creativity and opportunities for students to demonstrate proficiency, provide access to creating and sharing digital media, and engage in artistic growth through research, collaboration, feedback and critique methods that are not available in a traditional visual arts classroom. Award: 31 iPads, cases, storage/charging station

TAYLOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Elizabeth Stultz

Engaging 21st Century Skills in the Music Classroom

All Taylor students, Kindergarten-Fifth Grade (approximately 280 students), will have access to utilize iPads in the Music Classroom to build on music composition and creative learning. Access to iPads will provide a tool necessary to promoting individualized learning enabling students to compose, create, explore, and focus more in depth on Music Student Learning Expectations. Award: 27 iPads, cases, storage/charging station

WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL

Jason Wood

Using Android Based Tablets to Develop Mobile Applications

The area of focus is computer science with a focus on mobile application development using the Android operating system. The technology will be used to propel students into an arena that not only has potential to build their resumes, it can also be something they can possibly profit from as young entrepreneurs. The ability to be a published author holds tremendous value. It holds value in the realm of writing, and it holds value in the realm of computer science. Skills that can foster entrepreneurship, marketing and programming are exactly the type of resume building assets in high demand. Award: 6 Galaxy Note Pros, cases

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