North Merrick School District - Fall 2020
Continued Integration of Instructional Technology into the Classroom
New Kami App and Seesaw Platform Implementation
Kindergarten through second grade classes also have access to the Seesaw platform, which allows these youngest students to easily use interactive tools to complete virtual activities. They can select from a variety of drawing tools, voice recordings, photos and more. Teachers are also providing feedback to students in voice recordings and text. Explains Ms. Talbot, "The platform is very user friendly for students, and teachers love Seesaw!"
Using Padlet for the Latest Library Challenge: Disguise the Turkey!
Signature Hands-on Science with a Dash of Mystery
Additionally, the district has introduced Mystery Science, in which students pose a question and "Mystery Doug" enthusiastically explains the phenomena using videos and diagrams. Doug stops every now and then to pose a thoughtful question so that teachers may pause the video and have a discussion with the class. After the answers are revealed, there is a quiz to assess students' understanding. Many of the lessons have follow-up and hands-on activities to delve deeper into a topic. All lessons are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and support the Common Core curriculum. "This is a popular program with our teachers. I know from my experience with Mystery Science that the students really enjoy the videos and the bonus features at the end of each lesson," says Ms. Talbot.
One Plus One Equals More: Reflex + Savvas Math
Additionally, EnVision Math for K-6 has been renamed Savvas Math. Teacher leaders (Lisa Drewes and Stephanie Schreibman for K-2; Tara Sumberac for grades 3-4; and Alissa Palen for grades 5-6) received training on the new features that they are now turnkeying to grade-level colleagues. "The program is rich in content and rigor and integrates beautifully with Google Classroom," notes Ms. Talbot. Because there are so many components, training will continue throughout the year, and teachers will be sharing their best practices and tips and tricks with one another.