- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) - Students at Dennis School are already very comfortable with technology, but this year each student will have a device of his or her own to use.

The Tech Quest event at the school on Thursday introduced children and parents to the 1 to 1 rollout that will begin shortly. Assistant Principal Michelle Bonebrake said that elementary students will have iPads, while middle school students will have MacBooks.

“It’s not going to be just a lab, where they get pulled from class and they come down to the lab,” she said. “It’ll be an interactive tool that they’re going to be able to use in every class.”

At Tech Quest, students and parents were giving a “driving question,” which is how students at Dennis learn. They have a problem to solve, and it’s up to the students to figure out how to solve it, with minimal guidance from the teacher. This driving question was “How does the integration of technology impact your student’s learning at Dennis Lab School?”

Tech stations were set up around the building, and parents and kids could choose educational apps to use in answering that question, working together the same way students do in class.



Special education teacher Laura Turner said that some of her students are not comfortable with giving presentations in class, but can use technology to create graphs and videos to show what they’ve learned, while middle school teacher Steven Callahan said he directs students to take video of themselves working on a math problem in small groups, for example, and then he can watch the videos later and determine which students need extra help.

“We can’t work with every student individually every day,” he said. “But I can watch the videos at night and see who’s getting it and who needs more help, and that lets me know which students to meet with the next day.”

“A lot of what we’re doing tonight is what happens when we give the student an essential question to guide them and the paths that they take to find the answers to that question,” said Kista Corrington, the instructional technology coach. “There isn’t always just one (answer).”

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Source: (Decatur) Herald & Review, https://bit.ly/1FhcQ4B

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