NES Technology

Great strides have been made at Northeastern Elementary School in the use of technology in the past decade. The cafeteria and the library media center were automated in the 2000-2001 school year. Automating the cafeteria took the record-keeping duties out of the classrooms, providing students with over an hour more instructional time per week. Automating the library media center now encourages students to learn to do computer searches for books and other media materials. The library is equipped with eight student computers as a mini-lab. The library/media center aid instructs the students using one of the mini-lab computers with the screen displayed on a large projection screen. The students can follow-up, using the mini-lab in their searches on Destiny using the Internet.

Northeastern Elementary School students attend computer classes weekly in the computer lab. The lab holds 30 student computers, updated in 2011 with thin clients being served through a "virtual" server. The lab provides integration opportunities through Internet research, Webquests, and multimedia projects. Computer lab resources are available to teachers and students through regularly scheduled classes, with Gifted/Talented students, and by providing additional computer experiences during unscheduled lab times. In 2007, the school purchased a mobile lab, consisting of 24 laptop computers with a printer, to further expand student access to technology. The mobile lab has similar capabilities and provides nearly the same program capabilities as the established computer lab. The newly revised technology curriculum includes a scope and sequence of activities and software programs, including instruction in the use and care of equipment, keyboarding, skill practice, word processing, and such programs as Microsoft Word and Power Point.

Assessment is monitored through individual accountability sheets completed by each student in Grades 3 - 6. The accountability sheets include grade level assignments that meet Indiana Academic Standards in Language Arts and Math.

Each classroom is equipped with two desktop computers, two netbooks, and a grade level set of 30 iPads available for teacher and student use to aid instruction. Teachers use technology to add visual resources to their daily lessons, using such tools as Power Point presentations and digital cameras. A projection system is available in every classroom for teachers to connect their computers to display supplemental resources such as virtual tours, content-related web sites, and student projects. Teachers use Internet sites to create or enhance thematic units supporting Indiana's Academic and Common Core State Standards. Students in Kindergarten - Grade 6 regularly use the classroom computers to access Accelerated Reader, a supplementary program to their reading instruction.

Elementary teachers participated in a variety of technology in-services, including web design and advanced Microsoft Office. Funds were available from an area technology grant to bring in presenters and provide stipends for teachers. A needs assessment was conducted, instructors were contracted, and a series of classes were held after school from December 2010 through March 2011. Twenty-nine of 41 elementary staff members participated in one or more classes. In both the 2005-06 and 2006-07 school years, a full day professional development day was spent learning new strategies to integrate technology into classroom use. Teachers learned to create classroom web sites, became proficient in a new student grading program, and experimented with digital camera technology, Kodak software, and enhancing projects through technology. During the 2012-13 school year, teachers were equipped with Mac Books and Apple TVs to enhance student learning. Apple trainers have visited Northeastern Wayne schools to assist teachers in learning to use their iPads and Mac Books in the classroom.

In the 2013-14 school year, iPads were given to 6th grade students in a 1 to 1 capacity. Students use these devices at school and teachers use student management systems such as Socrative and Haiku to streamline instruction and improve feedback to students. We hope to continue providing devices in a 1 to 1 capacity a grade level at a time in subsequent school years. As teacher technology skills increase, they are transferring more technology into classroom instruction. However, teachers will continue to need more strategies in integrating technology into student instruction as technology evolves.

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