Our Future Ready Pledge
- – Foster and lead a culture of digital learning within our schools.
- – Help schools and families transition to high-speed connectivity.
- – Empower educators through professional learning opportunities.
- – Accelerate progress toward universal access for all students to quality devices.
- – Provide access to quality digital content.
- – Offer digital tools to help students and families #ReachHigher.
East Middle School Future Ready Team
Innovative teachers at East Middle School are blending teaching and technology to improve outcomes for students. With fun activities like space exploration BreakOut Boxes, these educators are working daily to enhance learning using digital tools.
Future Ready Framework in Middle School Science – Brooke Awtry, Kirsten Fiegel, Julie Sweeney, and Diatra Woodford
“Having time to experiment with new technology has enhanced our science lessons. One of our students’ favorite activities was a BreakOut Box. Using the theme “Houston, we have a problem” from the Apollo 13 mission, small groups had to work together to find clues to open a “box” and save the astronauts. This project incorporated knowledge from our unit, research skills, cooperation, and perseverance to successfully open the box. Students were engaged and working together better than ever to complete the challenge.
Our students have also been busy with our Project HELP (Haiti Environmental LifeStraw Project). To date, students have raised approximately $900 to purchase LifeStraws for children in Haiti. Each straw will filter polluted water infested with microbes that cause severe illnesses. Ninety percent of children in Haiti have health problems because they do not have access to clean water. Each LifeStraw remains effective for one year. Our goal with Project HELP is to empower our students and allow them to see the impact they can make in their world through this project. The project is also tied into our curriculum in which students will develop their own unique filters in an effort to purify water.”