Below are some reflections from the pilot teachers of the many positives from the first year of the 1:1 Tech Pilot at each building in Sparta Area Schools..
Mrs. Jennifer Frazier
"I feel like the tech pilot opened my eyes to the possibilities that students could have beyond the textbook. I felt like it gave the kids ownership and so many more choices than without the technology. They felt proud to be part of this amazing experience and knew they were doing some pretty special things on a daily basis. I also felt like the technology helped with an added piece of engagement as well. Having others going through the pilot at the same time was very helpful too. I could lean on others and brainstorm different ideas before I decided to implement those things in my classroom. I feel very blessed to be part of this experience."
Mrs. Jessica Buckner
Mr. Greg Busse
“The technology computer pilot program, which provided a set of Chromebooks for my classroom, has benefited my students in multiple ways. I primarily use an inquiry approach to learning which requires my students to be able to research for information about a question or problem prior to developing a plan to solve the problem. The computers provide the vehicle to attain current information through Google for a multitude of scientific issues. The students are also able to present their solutions to the problem they have addressed in a variety of creative ways, including a slide presentation. Additionally, the computers allow them to interact and share amongst group members efficiently and using a method that will benefit them in the future. Finally, my students are able to journal and organize their thoughts and notes succinctly and are able to easily retrieve and review their notes. I cannot imagine not having ready availability of computers in my classroom for my students use.”
Mr. Dave Fix:
"The One to One Pilot empowered the students. Collaboration increased because the students had access to technology on a daily basis. The daily journals demonstrate this. Each day the students not only posted their journal response, but could read and comment on the journals from their peers. The entire process became efficient, meaningful and interactive. Students received immediate feedback to their work. Taking quizzes and tests through Schoology also provided immediate feedback to the students. Now, it would be difficult to imagine a classroom without these resources."
Miss Kate Hickey
"Classroom sets of Chromebooks have opended up a lot off exciting possibilities. In my English classroom, we have been able to write, edit, share, discuss, and assess our knowledge much more efficiently. I can provide faster feedback to students and incorporate multimedia resources into the curriculum. Students have more opportunities to create, research, and work at their own pace. They also appreciate being able to access material outside of the classroom and turn in assignnments with more flexibility through Schoology. Students often cannot wait to get out their Chromebooks; as a teacher, I cannnot wait to see teechnology continue to support learning and enliven our classrooms."