We have been so busy this year, especially working with the Tech Bridge Program.
If you are unfamiliar with the program: Tech Bridge leverages the technical skills of local college and university student, obtaining a degree in technology, to provide a cost-effective solution to CPS schools by having these students serve as part-time Technology Coordinator. Tech Bridge Students will be provided a mentor from ITS to guide them through the experience with teamwork, leadership, and organizational skills.
Roles Tech Bridge Provides:
If you or your school is interested in participating in this program, please contact Mayra Leon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The week's iOS Support Team shout out goes to the faculty, staff and students at Pershing East Magnet School. The students and teachers at Pershing are using their technology to look past their four walls.
The students in the middle grades are using the iPads almost daily. They were most recently with the help of the Apple Coordinator able to FaceTime a school in Nome, Alaska. The students were able to share about their climate and enjoyed meeting students from a rural area as well as the students in Alaska enjoyed meeting students from an urban location. The students recorded the session and plan to make movies with iMovie on their iPads. The students and teachers at Pershing East are going above and beyond, thinking outside the box with apps like Edmodo, Numbers, Keynote, Prezi, and interactive whiteboards. They continue to explore different apps, inspired to make the program more than just a replacement for a paper assignment.
Below are a few words from Ms. Vera, a third grade teacher at Pershing East, on how the deployment is enhancing student engagement.
"My favorite use of the iPad this year was with iMovie. My students were doing an experiment called Ice Keeper where they had to design a contraption to hold a piece of ice and prevent it from melting. Students took pictures of their groups creating the ice keeper, measuring the initial mass of the ice cube, showing time passing, and measuring the final mass of the ice cube. We actually created a trailer in the superhero mode and students gave themselves name like Ice Queen and Frozen Boy. They were very engaged in both the science work and the iMovie."
Thank you to the teachers, students, and faculty at Pershing East Magnet School for making learning a fun and new experience for their students! For more information about Pershing East click the link above.
The week's iOS Support Team shout out goes to the faculty, staff and students at James B McPherson Elementary School. McPherson students and teachers have embraced digital learning this year!
Students are engaging, learning, creating and producing authentic work in all classes like never before! The days of signing up and bringing the class to the computer lab are gone as students are turning to their iPads to locate, evaluate, and access information in real time.
In Reading, teachers using ThinkCERCA (nonfiction) and RazKids can monitor and track student growth and provide instant feedback to their students. In Math, the app Virtual Manipulatives is helping students visualize fractions, making computation real. GarageBand and iMovie production is in high gear and students are taking their research projects and creating documentaries, public service announcements, and advertisements from research they completed in collaborative classroom, library and technology units.
Way to go #TeamMcPherson!
The week's shout out goes to the faculty, staff and students at Mahalia Jackson Elementary School. Mahalia Jackson is leading the way across the digital divide. The iPad deployment at Mahalia Jackson is one of several tech investments made recently by school leadership.
Below are some words from Mr. Hubbird, the principal at Mahalia Jackson, on how students and teachers are using their deployment to enhance learning.
"Our students at Mahalia Jackson use our iPads daily. In the Pre-School class, the students use iPads to trace letters, learn phonics, and listen to stories at their individual level. All 3rd – 8th graders use Achieve3000 and myON for literacy intervention and enrichment. Our 6th – 8th graders are working on a PSA collaboration with a school in California. Our fourth graders created QR codes for studying graphs and surveys. Next year, our students will learn Computer Science on the iPads."
Thank you to Mr. Hubbird his team at Mahalia Jackson for bringing the best of 1:1 learning to students!
For more information about Mahalia Jackson, you can click on the link above or click here to be taken to Principal Hubbird's blog.