Cutting-Edge Technology with 3D Printing
Having this tool available to them will allow students to be exposed to cutting-edge technology The technology education class will plan and design a C02 race car. Art students bring two dimensional drawings to life as three dimensional art to create a fine art sculpture. Family consumer science and TV production class students will create a prototype for recycling and a product to be used in their video presentations. This 3D printer will benefit engineers, designers artists and problem solvers of the future.
1000 Book Club
Incoming preschoolers and kindergartners can sign up to participate in the 1000 Book Club. Students sign out a bag of books (10 books in each bag x 100 bags = 1000 books). Students would be recognized at milestone markers of 250, 500, 750, and 1000 books. Monthly read-alouds will increase participation with the ultimate goal to read 1000 books by the end of kindergarten.
Differentiating Instruction Through Technology
Students have learned technology is a tool that allows flexibility for creative learning and practice in the classroom. Elementary level teachers created iPad technology centers for use in small group instruction. This engages students in programs and iPad applications such as: grammar, creative writing, reading, mathematics, science, and social studies, allowing for differentiated instruction for all skill levels.
21st Century Multimedia Tools
21st Century multimedia and Web tools, such as Audacity for podcasts, VoiceThread for multimedia presentations, Camtasia, and Screencast-o-matic for screencasts, plus iMac stations. Along with the iMacs, multimedia headsets with microphones will allow production of advanced screencasts for both teacher and student use. This provides opportunities for flexible and mobile learning for all learning styles, and will provide more opportunities for critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration using 21st century technology tools.
Collaborative Working Stations
Inspired by TeachingChannel.org, this classroom management model allows students to work in collaborative workstations. These working stations allow opportunities for students to learn skills such as teamwork, planning and management of their worload. The organizational structure of the pod along and the ease of access to materials will be the cornerstone to practicing and developing these essential productivity skills.
The Difference in First Grade
First Graders will thrive through organized, thoughtful instruction based upon students’ individual learning styles and learning preferences. Providing high quality materials and organizational systems will enhance independence, flexible groupings, individualized instruction, differentiated by degrees of complexity with content, process and products which will ensure learning for all.