As the school year gets underway across the nation, many schools and districts are launching new technology initiatives and programs designed to improve teaching and learning.
Educators love to share their successes, learn from the success of other schools and districts, and they also love to share lessons they learned along their journey.
eSchool Media and Xirrus have teamed up on the Innovate to Educate Awards to give a national platform for educators to share what they’re most proud of in their schools or districts. Here, we’ve highlighted the successes of five awards program applicants. Want to apply for the awards? You can do that right here.
Pequannock School District
Jeryl-Ann Charlene and Asaro Valero, Teachers
One of the district’s top technology initiatives:
Fifth and eighth grade students partnered on a peer-reviewed argument writing assigment. After a couple days of review, the eighth grade students connected individually with the fifth grade students via Google.hangout, and they used their Chromebooks. Each student had a clean hard copy of the specific essay in front of them so that the discussion would be easy. The face-to-face contact helped the eighth grade students to stay grounded in their goals, and the fifth grade students felt honored to be working with the ‘big kids.’