Innovate to Educate Entry

McKitrick Elementary/Hillsborough County

Monica Contreras 3rd Grade Teacher

What innovative technology initiative or project are you most proud of, and how has it improved teaching and learning in your school/district?

Our school is part of a program called Project Innovate. Classes that are participating in the program have laptops for every student and lessons in all subjects are enhanced by programs such as MobyMax.

What were some of the biggest challenges to your initiative, and how did you meet those challenges?

Getting everyone on board to try something new and making sure every student has access to technology tools. Digital Citizenship is also a big focus since our students are young and may not have a personal device at home.

What are the three biggest components that need to be in place for tech innovation to succeed are:

Teacher Buy-In....teachers have to be on board to learn something new and create change in his or her classroom.
Easy Programs, such as MobyMax, that tailor to individual student needs and take little preparation from the teacher to set up and run.
Technology in the hands of the students....i.e., up-to-date digital devices.

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