From the Technology Department
Students and staff at Waynesfield-Goshen are enhancing their 21st century skills to increase success in today’s fast-paced technology driven world. As part of an initiative to get technology in the hands of students, W-G has purchased over 100 iPads that travel throughout preschool-twelfth grade classrooms. The iPads have a built-in scientific calculator and over 50 full-length class sets of novels, a dictionary, thesaurus, instant satellite images for virtual field trips, daily access to several high profile newspapers including the New York Times and podcasts from schools, organizations, and colleges from across the world including Yale, Harvard and Princeton. This was all available free of charge to the district. The iPads also feature several hands-on interactive apps that allow for students to both listen and record themselves reading a story to increase fluency and comprehension, create geometric figures and increase math fluency and accuracy as well as a full interactive periodic table that features 3D images of the elements in their natural state. The iPads operate on a complete touch screen and only have one physical button allowing the youngest of users to feel successful and master their learning outcomes, due to the simplicity of the physical makeup of the iPad, students can be operating the iPad within moments of picking it up for the first time.
WGLS has begun using Google Apps for Education. Google Apps' advanced collaboration and communication tools make it easy to help your students acquire the skills that will help them soar, in their education and out in the world. There's no hardware to maintain or software to install, no ads, and no cost for schools. This program encompasses an e-mail address for every student and staff member, free website creation tools and hosting, as well as the ability for group collaboration on documents. As a team, students, on separate computers or locations can work on the same document at the same time to create word documents, presentations, spreadsheets and drawings. These documents can then be sent instantly to their teacher who can grade, comment and return the document paperless, eliminating time spent passing out papers at the beginning of each class. This can be accomplished from any computer in the world with internet access. The school homepage, www.wgschools.org has been recently updated and is being hosted free of charge through Google Apps.
Technology has changed the way many of our students spend their time and has impacted how they learn. Many resources exist on the internet that are valuable and allow for a boost of our students' learning. To help manage these resources, the technology department has created a W-G specific website that organizes these resources and allows for students and parents to quickly find enrichment or remedial sites for what is being taught at school. This website, http://technology.wgschools.org has content divided by grade level and subject matter and features math games and videos by operation (addition, multiplication, fractions, etc.) OAA/OGT preparation materials and vocabulary development based on what students are reading at school. This site is available anytime both at home and school. Technology is changing the world that we live in today. We are changing our resources and the way we teach to enable students to succeed in the world of tomorrow.
Technology Coordinator Technology Coach