Leona schools are utilizing a variety of technologies every day - ActiVotes, Smart Boards, Promethian Boards, iPads, Chromebooks, laptop and desktop computers, NEO2's, document cameras and many more. "Our students were super excited to receive their own Chromebooks this year,” shared Francis Reh Academy school leader Kate Scheid Weber. “Francis Reh's 1-to-1 technology ensures that each student is able to learn at his or her own level.”
Having the technology is a key step - but using it to its fullest potential is paramount. “Our schools are doing so much with many different tools that is would be hard to capture it all,” said Rachael Parks, Leona’s director of technology. Here is just tiny snapshot of how Leona Group students and teachers are using technology in their classrooms:
- One-to-one computer learning allows students to learn and progress at their individual level b sensing when the student 'gets it' and when he needs more practice.
- Lesson planning, organizing schedules, tracking individual student progress and performing a multitude of time-saving tasks.
- Data, data, data! Teachers and administrators collect data on just about everything. Right down the each learning objective, behavior support programs, office referrals... and much more!
- Global classrooms (virtual classrooms) allow students to experience lessons and cultures from around the world. A group of students at Wildwood Environmental Academy, for example, follows the migration of sea turtles from their classroom.
- Advanced courses, honors classes, language classes and other special coursework is available online, allowing schools to offer a stunning array of advanced and extracurricular options.
- Classroom tools like ActiVotes provide teachers with immediate feedback on whether the class is "getting" the lesson being taught. Classroom Jeapordy is a lot of fun, too!
- Interactive demonstrations and simulations can result in a greater depth of understanding.