Google Suite for Education – This year we extended access to Google Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps for Education) into our 2nd grade classrooms. Now students in grades 2 to 12 have access to Google apps such as Docs, Slides and Sheets. These tools empower students as they develop their 21st Century skills in the areas of content creation, communication, and collaboration.
Google Classroom – K to 12 teachers are using Google Classroom to augment and extend the classroom experience. This application provides students and teachers a secure online site to submit and organize assignments, find support material, and interact with the teacher and other students.
Typing Agent -- We are in the third year of integrating a keyboarding program into our 1-5 grade span. The intent is to help students develop their keyboarding skills so they can concentrate on quality of content creation and not the mechanics of typing.
Electronic Classrooms -- We now have over 160 electronic classrooms across Salem School District, most with Epson interactive projectors, which support teacher and student presentation, collaboration, and peer review. We have also rolled out software that allows teachers to moderate the wireless projection of student laptops to enhance the classroom collaboration and presentation experience.
Teacher Web Sites – We have launched teacher sites for all elementary classrooms and middle school teams, and we are currently working with the high school to develop a similar experience. These sites serve as a portal to facilitate the use of Google Classroom and to enhance teacher communication with parents and students.
The Salem IT Department makes it a priority to equip, train, and support classroom teachers with the appropriate levels of technology. When students see lessons involving the use of technology, they become engaged and invested in their own education, work collaboratively with focus, and see what they are learning as relevant to the world around them. Below is a sample of some of the most widely used educational technology hardware and applications in our district.
Laptops, Chromebooks, ThinkPads, and iPads
Document Cameras or Mobile Camera Apps
Wi-Fi Connectivity In Every Classroom
Google Suite for Education