Innovative Learning Projects Announced

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The District provides a process for staff to request technology-related resources that support creative learning environments.

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. Including the most-recent awards, 17 proposals have been awarded in the first two years of the program. Funding is from technology SILO (School Infrastructure Local Option Tax) dollars.

The most-recently awarded proposals – including the names of staff involved with the project - are detailed below. Information regarding the next round for submitting proposals will be announced in March 2015.

Give Me a Voice, Let Me Be Me
Becky Rasmussen and Di Christen - Kenwood Elementary

Imagine a world in which you are not able to speak with your loved ones. You are not able to answer a question, share what you did over the weekend, or even communicate that you need to use the restroom, or if you are sick. These are the communication challenges our students face every single day. The use of the IPad with specialized communication applications will contribute to student-centered learning by giving our students their own voice by allowing them to be in control of their own conversations.

Writer’s in Training
Christina Squires and Carrie Suter - Taft Middle School

We are writing today more than ever before. Modern day technology such as text messages, 140 character tweets, social media, email, and blogs to name a few have allowed us to communicate our ideas, thoughts and feelings to a wide audience in the blink of an eye. The written word is a powerful communication tool and an integral part of a quality education. In order to best prepare our students for the technological world of today and the future, technology integration must be a key component to a writing classroom.

Teleporting Physics Education from the 17th Century to the 21st Century: Physics Lab Probe Ware that Places Student Inquiry and Creativity at the Core of the Classroom Ben Arp and Becky Stephens - Kennedy High School
An ideal physics classroom is one in which student inquiry is at its center. A push for inquiry and problem-based learning environments that emphasize scientific and engineering problem solving, along with promoting higher order thinking skills is at the forefront of the vision for Iowa Core and the Next Generation Science Standards. New lab probe ware and lab equipment will transform the physics education experience for nearly 300 students (grades 10th-12th) annually.

Tablets in Jefferson Option Program
Kevin Darrow, Charlie Goetzinger, and Andrew Boone - Jefferson High School

One of the most innovative ideas in education is to use meaningful projects to connect curriculum to real life. In a traditional classroom setting this is difficult due to time constraints. The Jefferson Option Program is using an innovative approach to enable each student to work on a relevant, inter-curricular project The Option Program flexibility enables us to accelerate through our curriculum and open time for students to engage with relevant, challenging projects.

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