By Diane DeLorenzo
St Joseph Grade School is infusing even more technology in our curriculum this year. We are using Renzulli Learning by Compass Learning. Renzulli Learning promotes creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Our students completed an online assessment, called the Renzulli Profiler that identifies their top three interests, as well as learning and expression styles. Based on each studentís profile, Renzulli learning then recommends personalized learning activities from a database of more than 40,000 resources and activities. Teachers create standards based lessons that are differentiated to the individual learning needs of each student in their class. Students can also extend their learning with additional self paced lessons, including virtual field trips, and competitions that provide unique opportunities to extend what theyíre learning in the classroom.
We are now utilizing Mathletics, a web-based learning program that integrates home and school learning via the Internet. Your child has access to this math learning program through their unique user name and password. As an online learning resource it is the next generation in learning, helping students enjoy math and achieve outstanding results. To access Mathletics go to: http://www.mathletics.com/ Have fun with your child as they improve their math skills.
Our BYOiPad program for Grades 6-8 has been a great success. Students are exploring educational apps, creating videos, writing stories, and taking digital field trips. We recently purchased an iPad cart with 30 iPads for our Grade 1-5 students. The students are engaged in Math apps and writing Saint Stories in Grade One. Grade Three explored Veterans Day apps, and grades 1 and 2 accessed abcmouse in the Tech Lab on the Ipads. Grade 5 is using Discovery Eduation on the iPads and all grades use Mathletics on the iPads. Very soon we will have an iPad cart with 25 iPads for our Kindergarten classrooms. We hope to continue to add more iPads as the year progresses. Our objective is to always provide our students with the best educational tools they will need for 21 st Century learning.
We are pleased to say that every classroom in our school has an interactive Smartboard. Each classroom has a class laptop and projector and we renewed our Discovery Education streaming contract. Our teachers use video streaming every day in their classrooms to enhance the studentís learning about all their subjects. Teachers have access to over 23,000 still images and 8,000 videos, from educational publishers such a PBS, Scholastic, BBC and more. Discovery Education Streaming Plus is the only digital video based learning resource scientifically proven to increase student learning. It has comprehensive K-12 curriculum coverage in six core subject areas.
At Saint Joseph Grade School we are teaching our students the 21 st century skills they will need to navigate in an increasingly global society. Technology will be the tool they use to access, evaluate, manage, and communicate information.