By Gerard Dawson
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that school gets crazy before a break.
It may be the shopping- and baking-filled days before winter holidays. Or that long “no man’s land” leading up to spring break. And don’t forget that last month, slow as molasses, on the approach to summer vacation. Students and teachers both feel it, but not in the same way.
By David Solomon
The Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD) in Houston, Texas is one of the most innovative districts in the nation. Following a bond package passed in 2014, CFISD will have Lightspeed systems in all 91 of their campuses by the end of 2018. The new technology has been a proven success for both teachers and students in an open classroom setting.
By Shaun Fagan
Technology plays an essential role in everyone’s life. Whether you’re using GPS to navigate to a new destination in the car or using a cell phone to check the radar to see if a storm is headed your direction, we live in a society that is always online. This is true even in the classroom. Did you know that students check their phones in class 11 times a day on average? A recent study found that students spent 20 percent of their classroom time using digital devices for activities unrelated to class: mostly texting, surfing the web, and checking social media.
By Sonja Parks
Times have changed, and so has the way schools teach.
Because of technology, schools have been able to improve how a student learns. In a recent study, 64% of high school seniors said tablets allow them to study more efficiently, and 81% of teachers think tablets can enrich classroom learning.
Due to the onset of digital learning at Rockingham County Schools, we have completely revolutionized the way we teach. By taking a step back and looking at how we can change the learning environment, we have greatly impacted student achievement. Children are using new equipment and moving around during classes, talking to teachers, sharing their ideas, and ultimately, learning at a higher level than ever before.
By Shaun Fagan
Say goodbye to the traditional learning environment.
Today’s learners deserve collaborative environments that meet their individual and collective needs—and educational leaders can learn how to provide physical and cultural environments that are empowering and engaging.
Traditional classrooms often feature students sitting in rows of desks while the instructor is in the front of the room at a chalkboard or whiteboard. This setup needs to be replaced with one that is designed to support thinking, alter teaching practices and strategies, and increase student engagement and achievement. Classrooms that are adaptive while meeting student needs incorporate writable desktops and wall space, hands-on and eyes-on learning tools, flexible seating options, scaffolding knowledge charts, and other innovative tools. Furthermore, there is no teacher’s desk at the front of the class, and students are encouraged to move around the classroom to collaborate with other students on tasks.