Latest Learning Projects Named


iPads will be used in the AP Music Theory course at Kennedy High School.

Two newly-announced innovative learning proposals brings the total number of projects identified so far to 13. Each supports a creative learning environment and was selected through a committee review process, students, community members, and staff.

“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 scoring play a significant role, the committee also considers the number of students impacted, scope of project, cross-curricular connections, anticipated outcomes, and authenticity of technology use to help finalize their top recommendations.”

Funding for the Innovative Learning Projects comes from technology SILO (School Infrastructure Local Option Tax) dollars. (Click here to view an example from the first round)

The latest awarded proposals – including the names of staff involved with the project - are detailed below. The next round of proposals will be due in October.

Technology in the Secondary Music Classroom
Storm Ziegler, Kennedy

This one-to-one pilot will focus on 15 students enrolled in the AP Music Theory course. iPads in the AP Music Theory classroom will improve performance on all skill areas of the course, as well as increased performance on the AP Music Theory exam, given each May. The success of using the devices in ensembles and lessons will be shown through student, director, and private teacher feedback on the benefits of the device in rehearsals, concerts, and lessons, as well as more rapid development of individual musicians in learning and mastering relevant skills. Devices can increase in the amount of practice time among students as a result of the immediate feedback given by the device, as well as the “fun factor” of rehearsing with a full accompaniment.

35 Surface Pro Tablets with Keyboards
Adam Cole, Jessica Vasquez, Lindsay Micek, Autumn Pino, Roosevelt

The technology provided through this grant will dramatically alter the learning environment by making authentic integration of technology as tools to support every aspect of learning. There will be a variety of areas that students will utilize the devices, including: a large facilitation area used for flexible learning where students will be working on group projects that incorporate multiple disciplines, an explicit instruction space that is tied to a flipped-classroom model, and an area for self-reflection and time with one-on-one conferencing with a community mentor. Every SLE will be addressed through modules, fine-tuned through authentic application, and reflected upon by the student after working on- all of which require the use of this technology. This approach allows the teachers to reach the whole child in an innovative passion-driven environment.

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