Using Technology to Give More Student Voice and Choice
Integrating data and technology into instruction allows teachers to create a rich learning environment that is safe and enables students to grow.
In as early as third grade, we give students the option to choose the platform in which they will demonstrate their knowledge (e.g. PowerPoint or Sway presentation, video, podcast, or other forms).
Our approach to personalize technology opens opportunities for students to express themselves and demonstrate their knowledge in a way that is most engaging to them – and allows teachers to respond and adapt to those preferences.
At STS, we are actively seeking new ways to integrate and apply technology and data to improve instruction and enhance student learning. One way we do this, is by encouraging and supporting our teachers to explore new innovations and resources in and outside of the classroom. For example, a second-grade teacher, Chris Neville, was eager to give her students the opportunity to discover a different approach to writing fables after having learned about an English Literature lesson that included building three sets of Legos to illustrate three stages of a fable. As part of this project, she had her students construct three different story (Lego) sets with characters, took photos, wrote a fable based on those scenes, and created a narrated PowerPoint presentation. She shared that these were the most creative and best written fables she had seen in more than 20 years of teaching because the students were so engaged in the process.
We look forward to bringing more powerful examples like this one to life. Encouraging both teachers and students to try something new, ask questions, and explore new alternatives will help integrate technology in a way that is meaningful and continue to excel our STS community.