We are taking part in an exciting time at Glenwood elementary. Staff are starting to discover and embrace all the learning opportunities available with our growing scope of technology tools.
__________Interactive Learning with SMART Projectors__________
We are lucky to have a SMART LightRaise 60wi projector in every classroom.
These short-throw projectors turn ordinary white boards into SMART boards. Because they are short-throw they limit the amount of shadow that is cast on the screen by students or teachers and are out of the way, mounted above the board.
The SMART projectors are used throughout the day during all subjects areas, providing interactive learning experiences such as:
__________Our Twitter Classrooms__________
In 2013/2014 each teacher was given an iPad to use and play with in their classrooms to determine the potential for learning with this tool. This year the school purchased a set of ten iPad mini’s for classroom use. Students have embraced the iPads as a great tool for learning. They have created instructional videos, such as our Anti-smoking ads for Health and Career, using iMovie. Students use iPads as research tools as needed. Students record themselves reading to self-assessment their progress. The Kinder's have been making their own talking Alphabet "A said Ah" using Chatterpix.
____________Bring Your own Device! (BYOD)__________
In upper intermediate we have encouraged students to bring their own devices to class. As long as they use the devices during class time for learning they are welcome in our school. This has been a great help for our diverse learners.
As a staff, we have had much debate about this issue, and there are still concerns about student responsibility with technology at school. I feel that using their own device helps students to learn how to be responsible. There are countless teachable moments regarding responsible use of technology as the tools are always in arms reach. We live in a world where every person can have a mobile device on them at all times. Where else are they going to learn how to use them responsibly?