Curriculum Corner

North Merrick School District - Spring 2021

1:1 Chromebook Initiative

The 1:1 Chromebook rollout took place in February for all North Merrick students in kindergarten through Grade 6. The rollout was ahead of schedule and a clear example of "Disruptive Innovation," in which the pandemic created the need, but also the opportunity, to move up the timeframe. Every student now has a personal Chromebook for instruction, assignments, projects, research, and progress monitoring. The principals say the program is a point of pride for the district as the technology has become second nature to both students and teachers and can be more finely tuned to differentiate lessons.

New & Neat Instructional Technology App

For the last several years, North Merrick has been utilizing instructional technology to augment learning. Nearpod, a new student engagement platform, is integrating nicely with in-person and remote learning, and especially with the 1:1 Chromebook initiative, explains Christine Talbot, the district's technology coordinator.

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.

Virtual Open Houses

Friday, May 14th, 3:45pm

This is an online event.

Each of the three elementary schools will showcase student work using Google Slides and Flipgrid. A link to view the Virtual Open Houses will be posted under Announcements on the school website homepages.