Optimizing Student Learning with Interactive Boards- Our Journey

 

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Interactive boards have been an integral part of the classrooms for the past 5 years. Teachers transitioned from using their chalkboards/whiteboards to using interactive boards that allowed them to project documents, images, websites, text, student work, teacher examples, and more. The next step teachers made was to use the interactive features of the interactive software. This allowed teachers the ability to create interactive lessons, use annotation features (pen features to write, highlight and underline text), reveal curtain to spotlight specific images/text, and much more.

The time has for us to research what the next interactive board brand will be and what specs it needs to have for each Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade classroom. The research journey has included surveying teacher, administration and student needs, vendors, new interactive features, and knowing what the budget will allow. Currently, the technology committee has explored 3 brands and continue to assist teachers with trying the interactive board in their classrooms. Our next steps will be to continue to test drive more brands to ensure our pick will meet student learning needs.

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Optimizing Student Learning with Google Classroom

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Google for Education has updated Google Classroom by allowing teachers to post individual assignments to students in a class. After teachers create an assignment in the class stream, they can assign the work to certain students in the class. The individual assignment feature allows teachers to differentiate their instruction and manage the student workflow. When students finish an assignment, their teacher can send out an answer key or followup activity. To learn more check out  https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6149237?hl=en  Student learning is optimized by instant feedback, continued learning, and personalized assignments.