As an international school, our mission is to promote students connecting with the world through experiential learning and language acquisition. Arguably, we can do this via the printed medium. However, a more powerful, experiential approach is to blend technology into learning.
With a full set of laptops, the number of teachers and classrooms using technology will double. Specifically, we are working on:
- Audio dictation – Because oral production is a focus in elementary language acquisition, we will do video stories, podcasts, radio stories, etc. Also, they can dictate their stories – potential 1:1 laptop ratio for projects vs 1:2 with limited laptops.
- Watch educational programs, play language games (Duolingo, Kahoot) in the target language. Access books in Spanish, Japanese, English with interactive work materials, including various on-line programs – classroom access will double.
We will be able to expand the innovative use of current programs to other grades and classrooms.
- Literacy & math centers – students can read/write and publish in Spanish, Japanese, or English, access math programs in Spanish – few classrooms use a tech center due to lack of tech, we can potentially expand it to all 2nd-5th grade.
- Access adaptive learning and assessment tools available online that allow for independent / differentiated instruction while also allowing the teacher to maintain a lower student to teacher ratio via small groups.
With the grant, we are able to try new ideas that weren’t possible or scalable due to limited resources.
- Communication across countries to speak in Spanish, Japanese, and/or English with others via video conferencing. Communicating with “pen pals” in countries like Pakistan, Chile, etc. – Skype Pals? Chat centers with other countries?
- Create, film, edit, and publish movies, videos, presentations in English, Spanish, or Japanese – not enough resources now but will do with add’l laptops.
- Collaborate online for presentations (e.g. group research), discussions (e.g. respond and add to each other’s reflections), or projects (e.g. wiki) – will be able to do if we have longer checkout times for tech.
Laptops to double student access and expand options for language acquisition