Digital Learning Initiatives
Kathy Stone, Director of Education
The teachers and administrators are continually analyzing and assessing our current curriculum by using the Ohio state standards to identify any gaps in our instructional techniques and/or materials. Many of our instructional strategies include digital learning. Thus, one of our major initiatives this year is to create a five year strategic technology plan. A Technology Team that consists of the Director of Education, Technology Coordinator and teachers representing each building has begun the process of identifying a shared vision for the use of technology in our schools. Our process will include researching best practices and devices for each grade level, gathering input from our teaching staff, integrating technology and curriculum, and providing ongoing professional development for our teachers. We want to design a technology plan that will include skills for our students, enabling them to engage and thrive in a connected, digital world.
Below are just a few examples of how technology is utilized in our classrooms to enhance student learning:
Students in Mr. Buttil’s third grade classroom are using the sumdog.com website on their tablets to independently work on math computation, time, money and fractions.
Students in CCP Anatomy and Physiology are using new digital microscopes and classroom computers to enhance their learning experience. Microscope slides can now be enhanced, photographed and video recorded to help students master and memorize many different human tissue types. On-line simulations and texts are now right in arms reach on each lab table for students, thanks to science curriculum technology updates this year.
Students in the CCP Physics Honors class are collecting data on an accelerating cart; the data is entered into an EXCEL spreadsheet using the computer in the background. Three graphs, a displacement vs. time, velocity vs. time, and acceleration vs. time will be generated with appropriate slope calculations and area under the curve of the velocity vs. time graph calculated using graphical analysis.
Students have the option of filming the motion using their smartphones and analyzing the film of the motion using a program called Video Analysis that is part of the Vernier Logger Pro program that is in use here at OHS and is available on the computers in the Chemistry/Physics room.. The Logger Pro application generates the graphs automatically real time review. The multiple representations of data, mathematical, and graphical, enable students to make accurate assessments of kinematic motion.