Supporting Technology for STEM

Your investment in the TTF impacts each student at Tritt, helping establish the Foundation for STEM education.

 

The TTF is committed to supporting Tritt’s STEM initiatives, especially up-to-date technology. In the past, the TTF purchased 230 iPads, but this technology is out-of-date and in need of replacement. In 2017-2018, Tritt Elementary will replace many of the 230 iPads but funding is still needed for full replacement of the aging iPads over the next few years. Please read the letter below from Mrs. Dean to learn about some of the state-of-the-art ways teachers and students at Tritt use technology as tools.

 

At Tritt, technology is a strong focus in our goal of increasing 21st century skills and strengthening our STEM initiatives. Our foundation TTF has played a significant role in supporting and funding the technology our students use every day in their classrooms. The constant changes in technology are exciting, but create a need to keep resources updated. We have reached the point where our original iPads are no longer able to be updated to the new IOS releases. New iPads are necessary in order to allow teachers and students to continue to support our students as producers of technology. The TTF’s continued to commitment to support support and supplement these needs is only a reality because of your generous support.

 

How Tritt teachers and students use technology: We currently have over 230 TTF funded iPads. These iPads have been distributed in sets so each classroom teacher receives 4-5 for student use, plus 1 iPad assigned to each teacher in an instructional or support position. Teachers receive in-house training throughout the year to learn to better embed technology into their everyday instruction. In addition to using iPads as resources to gather information through research, iPads are used, by students, to show their understanding of concepts taught in the classroom. Our students become producers of technology to create digital works to present what they have learned; rather than acting as consumers of technology by playing games, and watching content produced by others. Understanding of content standards is easily demonstrated by our kindergarten students as they create PicWall presentations to take pictures of living and non-living items, which they sort, label, share, and explain to peers and teachers. Our 5th graders become experts on locations of important historical events and use Thinglink to locate, identify, and label these locations. You can find students in k-5 using SeeSaw to digitally communicate and collaborate with peers and teachers as they create pictures, voice recordings, videos, and text notes to share what they are learning and thinking. Apps like Doceri, Doodlebuddy, Skitch, PicStich, PiCollage, PicLab, Tellagami, Chatterkids, Popplet, Aurasma, Adobe Spark Video (and many more!) allow our students to create original digital works to demonstrate their understanding and learning. Apps like SpheroEdu, BeeBot, DaisytheDinosuar, The Foos, Kodable, Scratch, Lightbot, Cargobot, Tickle, and more, provide opportunities for our students to develop and strengthen block based coding and programming skills, setting a foundation for a skill which can open an extensive variety of future career options. All of these apps require our students to be problem solvers, to think critically, to increase creativity, and generate opportunities to them to create rather than recall.

 

 

Alexa Dean

Innovation Specialist

Tritt Elementary

 

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