Exciting things are happening in the middle school with the arrival of our new iPads and the use of Office 365.
Our 5th and 7th grade students were the pilot iPad classrooms for the middle school. This means a light and portable piece of technology that holds a multitude of possibilities and apps has been added to the teachers instructional tools. The teachers are also learning to use Apple Classroom to bring the world into their classrooms each day!
Apple Classroom gives the teachers the capability of monitoring the students in live time as they work on assignments. It also enables teachers to project student exemplars on our whiteboards in real time so students can see other work as the progress on their own assignment or to lock iPads so students can give their full attention to important instructions. It has already proved to be a wonderful tool for the classroom. Each of the middle school students are using Office 365 which has been a game changer in class.
Students have begun sending and receiving work through email, contacting classmates about assignments, completing worksheets online, and are even using their online calendars to make note of due dates for tests, quizzes, and projects. Students in 5th-8th grade are also completing digital reading logs for Language Arts and have completed some digital tests and quizzes in other content areas. The students and teachers are excited about these new tools and are eagerly embracing their educational impact.