Exploring the Educational Advantages of
Technology is changing the way teachers teach and students learn, and that
message was proven in full force on Jan. 26 at the Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen
Board of Education meeting at James A. Dever School.
Led by Instructional Technology Specialist Melissa O’Geary, students and
teachers from all four district schools took visitors on a digital tour through
Chromebooks, and spotlighted the many ways their educational experiences have been enhanced by the new technology, which was just introduced into the district in September.
Not only does the Chromebook provide a new arena to enhance their studies,
it allows teachers to obtain instantaneous results on quizzes they administer
through the Chromebooks. Teachers can also provide notes, which the students can see on their screens as they continue to work.
Another advantage is the after-school access. Through the Chromebooks,
students and their teachers are digitally connected via Google, even after classes have ended. This allows students to ask questions and teachers to answer them after-hours, which has become a valuable part of the process.
Students demonstrated some of the work they’ve done this school year,
which included a PowerPoint presentation on the Iroquois, a digital scratch game in which students wrote the scripts for, Tour Builder, a new way to show people the places they've visited and the experiences they’ve had along the way using Google Earth, and Kahoot!, which is an interactive game that uses trivia and awards points to those who answer correctly in a timely fashion. Students had more than 25 audience members participate in a Kahoot! game during the meeting.
“Technology can be a powerful tool to transform learning,” O’Geary said. “It
can help affirm and advance relationships between educators and students, reinvent our approaches to learning and collaboration, shrink long-standing inequities and accessibility gaps and adapt learning experiences to meet the needs of all learners.”