eCLASS Innovators-February 2013
GCPS newsletter highlighting classroom innovation
Sally Southerland, 1st Grade, Chattahoochee ES How are you using technology to engage students in their learning? In my class, students enjoy using the Mimio for whole-group lessons, Guided Math rotations, and literacy rotations, and to research topics before they go to the media center or to the computer labs. As a BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, pilot class, we have just begun to use Kindle Fires in the classroom for reading non-fiction and fiction books in reading groups. Using the Mimio, Kindle Fires, and student work stations, my students can research an animal for their report without leaving the room. We are currently in the middle of a project on penguins that calls for students to read fiction and non-fiction books Lighting a “fire” in a BYOD pilot classroom and then create life-size penguins based on their research. They also will use what they learned through their technology-based research to write a paper about penguins. What evidence do you see in your classroom that your use of technology has improved learning or increased student achievement? I see students engaged and conversing about what they are finding. They are not fighting over the devices; they wait their turn. The students in reading groups can choose a book of their choice to read on the Kindles when normally they would all have the same book. The eight Kindles and one tablet in the classroom are always in use. If you’re doing exciting things in the classroom through technology, or know someone who is, submit a story idea to eCLASS_innovators@gwinnett.k12.ga.us. “eCLASS Innovators” is a publication of the eCLASS Transformation Team and is produced by the Department of Communication and Media Relations. It is the policy of Gwinnett County Public Schools not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability in any employment practice, educational program, or any other program, activity, or service. Gwinnett County Public Schools 437 Old Peachtree Road, NW Suwanee, GA 30024-2978 678-301-6000 www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us The mission of Gwinnett County Public Schools is to pursue excellence in academic knowledge, skills, and behavior for each student, resulting in measured improvement against local, national, and world-class standards. As part of the eCLASS pilot, schools in five clusters— Archer, Berkmar, Duluth, North Gwinnett, and Shiloh— may elect to allow some students and teachers to use their personal de vices to access the Internet through the GCPS network. BYOD decisions for each school are based on their specific instructional needs and how students’ devices will support those needs. To date, 14 schools are extending student access to technology through the district’s BYOD pilot. Click here to learn more about this eCLASS initiative.