Two HP Digital Classroom Grants

Dillon School District Four Awarded Two HP Grants

 

Dillon High School Project * J.V. Martin Jr. High School Project

Dillon High School and J.V. Martin Jr. High School have each been awarded an HP Digital Classroom Grant that will support innovative projects related to teaching, learning, and technology. Each school will receive equipment and Professional Development.

Dillon High School

Project Name ITEMS Integrating Technology Effectively in Math and Science.

ITEMS will engage students actively in a 21st Century learning environment. Technology will be used to deliver and augment instruction as well as to report results in alternative assessment methods. With a majority of the student body eligible for free or reduced lunch, opportunities to experience technology integration are limited to educational settings. Students will use discovery methods to develop mathematical and scientific concepts. This will be accomplished through hands-on experiences, webquests, access to virtual classrooms, and investigation of career opportunities related to curricular standards. Observations and assignments will be evaluated through traditional as well as innovative methods, such as ePortfolios, PowerPoints, podcasts, and videos. Math and science naturally lend themselves to integration and technology is not traditionally used in reporting. By using varied reporting methods, we hope to engage students normally working at less than maximal levels.

 

J.V. Martin Jr. High School

Project Name - “Computers on Wheels”

One objective of this project is for teachers to utilize professional development activities learned at training to effectively implement the integration of technology for the improvement of student learning. Teachers will use background knowledge and skills to communicate technology to students. Teachers will also use this opportunity to enhance their learning of computers and how they can be used in the educational setting. Another objective is to implement a technological project that will have a positive impact on teaching and learning. Each subject area (English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies) will work together to plan assignments around technology that require students to explore websites that are designed to enhance learning. Students will use these resources to gain a better understanding of the standards being taught in the classroom. Teachers will collaborate to align ISTE resources with the project. Given the necessary equipment and resources, teachers will ensure that the project is aligned with its goals and intent. Teachers will use this experience to network with HP colleagues to reflect about successes and areas for improvements of the projects. By the end of the project, students will have become more adept at the use of technological resources to improve learning. They will have a better understanding of how technology is used in the world and how significant it is to be fluent in technology. By the end of the project, teachers will become more adept at the use of technological resources to enhance classroom instructional practices. They will recognize the importance of integrating technology into the classroom, regardless of subject area.


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