My name is Marita Pyankov and I moved here with my family when I was hired to teach at New Tech for the 2010-2011 school year. Continue reading
Presented by: Kurt Klement
Erin Hellmuth and I approached Dr. Turner in December about safety concerns with devices on the CISD network, specifically instances of kids at elementary, middle and the high school being exposed to pornographic material. I hope that we are all aware by now of the problem so I’ll refrain going through any sort of laundry list. Continue reading
My name is Gregory Roper and I moved here in 2000 precisely because of the fine schools in Coppell. I have two sons in CISD. I have always valued the hard-working, dedicated teachers I have found here. Continue reading
Many citizens and parents are unaware of the changes occurring at CISD. This post provides only a brief introduction to the CISD Transformation. Please investigate the linked documents and video presentations to better familiarize yourself with the changes occurring in our district. Continue reading
As we evaluate the role of technology in the classroom, it is good to hear from the students who are using it. These articles are located on the Coppell Student Media website.
Most recently, student Gabby Sahm wrote “Apps helping students reach new heights” which recommends Nearpod, Evernote and Twitter as useful for the classroom.
Student Kara Hallam discussed the difficulties of the school wide iPad rollout. Her article, “Hallam: new iPads overwhelm campus,” highlighted the issues of distraction, technical difficulties, and social impact of the iPad rollout. For instance, she discusses that lunch is no longer time to socialize: “Now, we actually do spend our lunches consumed by school work on our iPads.” She also brings up the question of the trade-off of the investment versus other ways the money could be spent on the students’ education.
Student George Fairchild provides a different point of view in his article, “iPad initiative will boost student learning despite criticism.” I am encouraged that Fairchild states he feels the iPads have improved his learning. He also presents some study data that students learn faster with technology based instruction, perform better on tests, and reduce costs by eliminating the need for books, toner and paper. Although it is possible to find references to his data, there is no specific information beyond what is listed in his article. It would be important to know what specific kinds of technology based learning were included in the studies (blended learning? PBL?) It would also be very interesting to know what money the school district has saved through the iPad initiative.
A final interesting perspective comes from Julianne Cauley, senior from CHS class of 2013. Cauley’s high school experience spanned the implementation of large changes in the use of technology in the district. Entitled “Technology takes over traditional teaching too much”, it can be read here.
“My lesson from ZIS is that we should make sure we have teachers who understand how to help children learn from the technology before throwing a lot of money into iPad purchasing.”
This is from an article on Slate titled “The Smart Way to Use iPads in the Classrooms. – Its not about the games or the educational apps.”