The Setting Urban elementary school Third grade inclusion classroom Second year teacher regular education teacher Fifth year special education teacher 22 students 10 female, 12 male 100% African American 6 Students with Disabilities 2 Students repeating third grade
High Tech Classroom The school has dedicated significant funds to upgrade classroom technology. The classroom selected has been the beneficiary of this process. The room is equipped with the following:
Promethean Board The Promethean Board is used daily to engage students in learning activities. The regular education and special education teacher collaborate to design lessons that work for a variety of learning styles. In a typical class session, the board is used for an educational games, to show a short video clip, and to display data.
Activote:Student Response System The student response system allows the teacher to rapidly collect assessment data. The data is used to determine which students need enrichment or remediation activities. The teachers are also able to spend more time assessing student writing samples since they are freed from grading multiple choice and true/false questions.
ActivSlate The ActivSlate allows the teacher and students to manipulate the Promethean Board from anywhere in the room. The students are often given the ActivSlate to complete a task in front of the entire class.
ActivInspire While the hardware deployed in the classroom is certainly significant, the power of the software driving the system should not be ignored. ActivInspire from Promethean allows the teachers and students to create and manipulate text and pictures with easy. Additionally, Promethean Planet, the company website, provides a wealth of assets.
Professional Learning All teachers at the school have been provided significant professional development in the use of the Promethean Board, the ActivSlate, the Activote system, and the ActivInspire software. The professional development courses have been taught by consultants from Promethean and the school system’s instructional technology team. The teachers reported a high level of comfort with using the technology.
What Teachers Have to Say “The high level of technology changes the way you teach. I have limitless options on how to deliver content. My students can’t wait to see what we are going to do next. Also, the students can get instant feedback on what they know. I can reteach if necessary.” Third Grade Regular Education Teacher “My students are engaged. We are able to design lessons that grab their attention. With the children that we have in the classrooms today, we have to have fast paced instruction. That is the type of world that they have grown up in.” Third Grade Special Education Teacher