Van Buren Elementary, one of Thompson's "best-kept secrets" Nichole Schlagel - principal, gets creative with limited technology resources. They leverage limited resources, clever instructional design, and team work to help students be innovative thinkers and content creators. Without technology, 5th grade teacher Steve Rauer's students would be slogging through a long, drawn-out 2-digit division unit. Keeping students... Continue Reading →
Roger Torrez, Instructional Technology Coach at Winona Elementary School, supports teachers and students co-creating personalized learning opportunities. WES is in the process of implementing this versatile tool. Seesaw plays nicely with others, working on iPads and Chromebooks, as well as linking to a wide variety of apps outside the system. When teachers create assignments within... Continue Reading →
Not once did the teacher have to ask everyone to "stay together". They were freely exploring their own questions, at their own pace. It's this kind of innovation that transforms learning for students from traditional sit-and-get to a personalized journey of exploration.
It's the end of another day that has gone as well as can be expected. Most students have accomplished the goals set, provided some tremendous insights, and caused a few well needed laughs. Now, students have left the room and the teacher is picking up a few iPads that were left on the desks. The... Continue Reading →