Every year technology keeps advancing, getting cheaper and faster. Springville Junior High School is benefitting from this because it allows us to incorporate technology into teaching and learning.
Every English classroom has its own Chromebook cart, and teachers have been using this in many ways. In addition there are many more carts are available for teachers to share with each other and three computer labs. Every classroom has a media center including a sound system, projector, document camera, Blue-ray player, and a computer for the teachers to use.
With a Chromebook cart in every English classroom, the English teachers have found many ways to use it. According to Ms. McBride, an English teacher, the more you write, the better you get, and because of the Chromebooks the students spend more time writing instead of rewriting drafts. According to Ms. McBride, she uses her Chromebooks for Kahoot, an online quiz and review program, to review concepts. She said, “I love having a projector hooked up to my computer, so I can show video clips and pictures.”
Technology is a big part of science. Mr. Dahl, a science teacher, said, “One of the main things I use are the iPads.” According to Mr. Dahl, they have many apps that let students manipulate things like cells, among other things. He said, “I think the students really enjoy using the iPads.” According to Mr. Dahl, hands on activities keep students interested and help them retain information better.
According to Mr. Beebe, the Spanish teacher, there are many websites that can help the students learn Spanish, and having access to Chromebooks they can use them more. He said, “I have students use Chromebooks for creating presentations and writing essays.” According to Mr. Beebe, one website they use outside of class is Quizlet to help students with vocabulary acquisition. He said, “[Technology has] opened up a lot of possibilities.”
Mrs. Bird, a CTE teacher, said, “Technology has changed significantly over the past few years.” According to Mrs. Bird, in the past she had to give demonstrations in small groups throughout the class period, now she uses a document camera when giving a demonstration so the entire class can see it. She said, “Technology is readily available to give instruction at the touch of a finger.”
According to Mr. Hammon, a health teacher at SJHS, he uses his projector for videos. He said, “I’ve been able to incorporate research based learning into my curriculum.” According to Mr. Hammon, it is great to let the students use Chromebooks to discover new things on their own.
According to Mrs. Porter, a history and Utah studies teacher, she is a visual learner and she loves to show video clips to go along with the lesson that day, so the students will better retain the information that they learned. Mrs. Porter said, “It's been fun to find new ways to incorporate [technology] so that my students can better learn.” According to Mrs. Porter, they use Chromebooks to research and write papers.
According to Ms. Utrera, the choir teacher, they use Youtube to watch videos of other choirs singing. In addition they have a sound system that includes microphones so they can record themselves in order to hear how they are doing. She said, “We sometimes use online music theory programs to learn about reading music.” Ms. Utrera also said, “I try to find great resources to enhance my curriculum.”
Mr. Anderson, a math teacher, said, “Technology has made the teaching of math more visual. For example, hours we used to spend learning how to graph polynomial equations is unnecessary because of the graphing tools we have.” According to Mr. Anderson, he uses technology so students can more quickly discover patterns of graphing using graphing calculators.
Technology has made a big impact on this school, from English class to choir. Technology will only keep changing and improving.