As part of the effort to incorporate technology into the classroom in a purposeful way, online resources for students and teachers are becoming more available in the areas of math and language arts. In Ohio, Springboro Intermediate and Junior High teachers are piloting new curricula that tie math and language arts to digital resources.
Springboro’s sixth through eighth grade students are using Pearson’s Digits math program and Prentice Hall Literature Common Core Edition (PHLit), which include digital workspace, online textbooks, interactive lessons and learning tools customizable to each student’s ability.
Expanded Use of Technology
Digits integrates lesson planning, homework management, intervention and assessment while encouraging class collaboration via interactive whiteboards. Students receive individualized instruction with intervention and enrichment as needed. They work at their own pace through the digital workspace, and teachers track students’ progress online as well as in the classroom.
“It’s a math program designed to provide the teacher with resources that allow for white-board instruction in the classroom and flexibility in designing homework assignments and assessments. It provides a homework management system, which provides the students with immediate feedback, linked examples and even interactive tutoring. It is aligned with the new standards, therefore the content of the classroom, homework and assessments are all aligned with each other and are aligned to the expectations of the grade level,” said SJHS math teacher Linda Gillum.
A benefit of PHLit, which is also aligned to the new common core, is its integration of reading, writing, research and technology.
“This program for grades six through eight strengthens the literacy curriculum for Springboro students by integrating reading, writing, speaking, listening, and grammar through authentic literature study,” said Joyce Ringler, district literacy coordinator.
She said students are exposed to all genres of reading, not just narrative text, and work with the materials in more interesting ways through the expanded use of technology.
These pilots are part of a larger effort to integrate technology into the classroom.
Springboro Community City Schools invested $1.1 million in technology and wireless access this school year, which also supports online dual credit opportunities for high school students and a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) program.
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