Rootstown LSD currently has a variety of spaces and technology available for student usage. This ranges from Chromebook carts to designated computer labs in each building. There are iPads and Kindles sprinkled throughout classrooms as well. All core teachers in grades 6-12 have Smartboards and all K-5 teachers either have Smartboards and/or an iPad with a projector. All teachers K-12 have laptops. Additionally, all areas in all buildings have wifi capabilities. Over 180 devices will be added throughout the district for this coming 2018-2019 school year. Technology integration has been and will continue to be a focal area for our district as we continue to work towards becoming 1:1.
Online programs are utilized in all buildings. iReady is used as a targeted intervention at both the elementary and middle schools for select groups of students. We'll continue using Accelerated Reader Software (K-5) via Renaissance Learning and STAR Reading and Math Enterprise for grades 2-8. STAR Early Literacy is used in K-1 and with some 2nd graders. Fuel Ed is used at the high school predominantly, but has also been used at the middle school as well.
This past school year a grant was obtained to begin to create Blended Learning classes at the high school and focused heavily on technology integration. Our district has, of course, migrated over to the Google platform a few years back and all students grades 1-12 have accounts with varying capabilities depending on the grade level. Many teachers utilize Google Classroom as well as other aspects of Google - Gmail, Slides, Sheets, Docs, Sites, and Forms. Along with the focus on tech integration, many of our teachers currently use various sites and apps in the classroom and for assessment purposes. Some examples include, but are not limited to Flipgrid, EdPuzzle, Recap, Plickers, Seesaw, Edulastic and Quizlet.
Communication between home/community and school is integral. To meet the needs and convenience of our digital parents and community members, we try to utilize technology as much as possible. Teachers use various platforms to communicate such as Engrade, Bloomz, Class Dojo, and Remind to name a few. At the building and district level, we try to engage with students, parents, and the community through social media. This includes Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
What modern technology does Rootstown LSD use currently to enhance education?