These are the replies from some districts to the Newsday questionnaire regarding the use of new technologies in their classrooms.
Some of the answers are elaborate, and have not been edited or reduced. Some districts did not answer the questions directly.
1. Please list any major technological innovations introduced in the classroom in the past three years. Please give the name and list the use for each item.
Promethean Boards bring the world into the classroom through the enhancement of student learning and interactive opportunities. Additionally, Document cameras have been installed to project images and objects onto the Promethean board.
iPods provide students with the opportunity to view and listen to multimedia files at their own pace, as well as digitally record themselves. Teachers have an effective way to provide differentiated listening and speaking opportunities for their foreign language students.
The Sanako Study 12 Language Lab is a 21st Century language learning environment in which students can practice their listening and speaking skills, and teachers can pair or group students for directed or free discussions. Teachers can also monitor student conversations to provide assistance and guidance, as well as control web browsing for safer internet use.
The Epals Learning Space is a safe online community that allows for networking and collaboration among students. Additionally, students can connect with classrooms throughout the world. Epals provides interschool and interdisciplinary collaboration on projects, and enables the teacher to connect with students to work on class projects/assignments. Students can store their work in digital lockers that are accessible both at home and school.
2. Please tell us of any major innovations you are planning to introduce within the next year.
Cloud Computing is web-based tool that users can access and use through a web browser. Users can access the cloud from virtually any internet connected device including cell phones, laptops, desktops, and ipads. Applications will be available for students to work on projects together or as individuals.
Media distribution system provides students and teachers with an opportunity to create and view media, as well as monitor current events. Acting as a “private” YouTube, the system will broadcast live content from any location within the district.
3. Are teachers or students using cellphones in the district for instructional purposes?
Not at this time. However, wireless technology has been installed, throughout the district, in anticipation of instructional use of personal devices.