VALPARAISO | Students at Central Elementary School participated in Digital Learning Day on Wednesday as part of a national celebration of educators to draw attention to successful instructional practice and effective use of technology in classrooms across the country.
First-grade teacher Laura Doran had students in her classroom participate in the day by using iPads, iPods and an interactive smart board
“We did our read-aloud book on the iPad this morning and we’ll be playing language arts Jeopardy on the smart board later today as well as taking a penguin quiz on our interactive clickers called Quizdoms. It’s a pencil- and paper-free day today,” said Doran.
She says the benefit to her students is getting them excited about the material, as well as bringing awareness of the technology.
“It gets them really looking forward to learning. They were four times as loud this morning when they walked in and saw the iPods on the desks,” Doran said.
Olivia Nigro, Olivia Brinson, Isaac Hallal and Allie Parks all worked on a phonics tic-tac-toe game on their iPad.
“When you can just click on it instead of writing with a pencil and paper, it’s more fun,” said Nigro.
In Stephanie Rudukas’ second-grade classroom, students learned that technology is not without its snafus as their plan to Skype with a former teacher, Christine Ross, who now lives in Laos went awry.
Although the connection couldn’t be maintained, students still interacted with Ross through instant messenger, asking questions about the national currency, language and sports.
“They don’t have American football, so they don’t have the Super Bowl,” Rudukas reported to a room full of second-graders who groaned in response.
“Think about that, no chili dip!” she said.
Other students at the school used QR codes to perform scavenger hunts, utilized educational websites and took virtual field trips.