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.
Spalding Park Elementary Future Ready Team
Some Spalding classrooms have become Future Ready by implementing 1-to-1 iPads and Laptops. Each student has their own iPad or Laptop that they can use throughout the day for various activities. Teachers have also found them to be very beneficial during small group, skills-based instruction. Using apps like Nearpod & Lexia, teachers can create lessons for students to work on either on their own, or as a whole group. Teachers are able to assign the students activities, books, and lessons at their level, giving students the ability and independence to enhance learning and challenge themselves.
T-K/Kindergarten – Kimberly Wilson & Katherine Vanderloo
“We use Nearpod whole group to introduce and reinforce letters and numbers. This really keeps my young students engaged and everyone is involved in the lesson. I also use Nearpod to individualize student learning during literature stations. I have students using personal Nearpods that I designed for them to practice writing their names. Another group is using the sight word Nearpods that were designed by the other teachers in my team. I also have groups that review letters using Nearpod as well as other apps.” – Kimberly Wilson
1st Grade – Chelon Busch & Debra Parrott
“One of my favorite things that I have implemented this year is the use of the seesaw app. This is an app that allows the students to take pictures of what they are working on, record themselves in a video, and many other things. Once a student has a piece of work to share, then I can approve it, and their parents can see what their student was working on that day. The students love to record themselves reading their “just right” books. They can listen to themselves to see how they are sounding as a reader, but then their parents also get the chance to hear them reading. Students also enjoy taking pictures of their word work boards, or their Science station creations. Parents can also “like” and comment on their student’s work as well. I have received very positive feedback from parents in regards to the seesaw app!” – Chelon Busch
“Engaged minds develop critical thinking. Technology has helped me ensure that my students are academically engaged and stay on task. Through the use of apps such as SeeSaw and Nearpod and through the use of Bee Bots, Osmos, QR codes, and several apps for the Ipads, the kids are excited to learn and beg for more!” – Debra Parrott
5th Grade – Candice Schoenherr, Mandria Moran, & Laura Lewis
“We have been incorporating technology to help the students enhance their learning in the classroom. We have used things, such as Flipgrid and class blogging, to add to class discussions that we are having. Nearpod has been really helpful when getting immediate feedback from students and getting them engaged in lessons. In social studies, the students have used QR Codes to help them build on their knowledge of the events that lead to the Revolutionary War. The students also have gotten to test their skills at using green screens to create their own news broadcast. It has been an amazing and rewarding experience to see what these students can do when given the opportunities.” – Candice Schoenherr
“Having the opportunity to be one to one this year has been very beneficial. This experience has given students differentiated instruction by using a plethora of tools. Student engagement has increased by incorporating technology into everything we do. While technology doesn’t take over the lesson, it gives us the opportunity to enhance it. In reading I can post questions to a story and students can blog through Seesaw to answer questions and reply to other students. We practice fluency daily through Flipgrid where students can record themselves and go back and self-correct. Nearpod is a tool we use for interactive presentations that can be used in whole group and small group that can be teacher led or student directed. We are thankful that we were given the opportunity to be #Futureready.” – Mandria Moran
“My students use their laptops daily. We use flipgrid.com, sutori.com, Word, Powerpoint, Forms on 365, sumdog.com, seesaw.com for blogging, vocabtest.com for studying vocabulary words, etc. I also have a website that we use often www.lewisspaldingpark.weebly.com. They have made presentations and connect wirelessly to our projector to present. They share their documents with their group and can make corrections or additions together on one document but separate computers. We have created math word problems for the 4th graders on flipgrid and then the 4th graders solve them and we correct them.” – Laura Lewis