North Merrick School District - Spring 2021
1:1 Chromebook Initiative
New & Neat Instructional Technology App
Using a Nearpod lesson, students can work at their own pace or guided by their teacher. Students answer questions to demonstrate their knowledge, and teachers can navigate responses from a private dashboard to provide further individual or small group instruction. In addition, teachers can create lessons from scratch in Nearpod or adapt from a library of over 15,000 interactive lessons and videos across grade levels and curricular areas.
Ms. Talbot notes that Jake Winston, virtual third grade teacher, is North Merrick's "in-house guru" on Nearpod and has led after-school workshops at both the beginner and intermediate levels, encouraging more and more teachers to bring Nearpod into their classrooms!
Virtual Learning is Vibrant!
This school year, many signature programs have a virtual format, and remain vibrant. Each of the schools held the annual Science Fair virtually with students submitting and presenting their research projects online "with commitment and enjoyment, and smiles on their faces," describes Mr. Merims, HDF principal. WINGS became a virtual club after school and on Saturdays, with several teachers facilitating a variety of sections and sessions that students selected from, including... The Homework, Help and Other (H20) program meets virtually after school to maintain extra support for students in small groups. The Saturday Spanish Academy is also running virtually this spring within a familiar setting to learn words and phrases in Spanish and with Oakley xx returning as the instructor. And, in the continued reimagining of the district's hands-on science program, fifth grade students are participating in a hybrid program for the Marvelous Molecules unit. The materials have be modified in a meaningful way such as... These changes have only strengthened the unit and will continue to be incorporated next year.