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Photo by Carrie Pryor-Newman
Austin Elementary students and librarian Karen Trujillo (third from left) work with an Ozobot coding the plot structure of a story before writing the summary. Pictured are (from left) Brielyn Henry, Anthony Snchez, Trujillo, Reese Malpass and London Merlin.
Ava Flood, Sarah Ojeda, and Audrey Jaime from Stephen F. Austin Elementary code a Sphero for a perimeter lesson.
Elementary Technology on 2018 Bond
By: Susan Passmore
Using technology is important for student success, but it is only useful for educational purposes if it is kept up-to-date. One of the areas that Goose Creek CISD’s 2018 Bond focuses on is technology for the elementary schools.
If approved by voters, Proposition One would provide iPad computer carts, containing 30 iPads, for all kindergarten through third-grade core classroom, and replace the outdated iPad and laptop carts in the fourth- and fifth-grade core classrooms. K-3 classrooms are sharing iPad carts, which means assignments requiring iPads must be alternated, making it difficult for teachers to plan. The new mobile devices would be for student use in the classrooms.
Teacher presentation stations, including document cameras and laptops would be replaced, along with projectors.
“When they reach five years, we have problems with the connectivity to the Promethean Boards,” said Robyn Sewell-Poutra, educational technology specialist for elementary campuses. “We use these six to seven hours a day, 187 days a year, as well as for after school tutorials. They just wear out.”
Technology provides teacher-directed activities that engage students in 21st Century learning and real-world application. As Sewell-Poutra travels to elementary schools in the district, she enjoys utilizing creativity apps with the students.
“Yesterday in a kindergarten class, students drew weather on an iPad. We threw it into another app through app-smashing that allowed them to explain their weather. Then, we created a QR Code so they could share it with their parents,” Sewell-Poutra said.
Third-graders are creating newscasts, using images and a green screen, and recording and putting videos together. Fifth-graders are creating their own websites.
“Students are using iPads to code. First-graders are doing basic geometry, and third- and fourth-graders are using Spheros, robots controlled through programming on the iPad, to determine area and perimeter,” said Sewell-Poutra.
Early voting is available at several campus locations, or voters may come to the Goose Creek CISD Administration Building, 4544 Interstate 10 East, Baytown on Election Day, May 5, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For a complete list of early voting locations, visit gccisd.net.
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