Castleberry ISD Campus Embrace Technology and Blended Learning
Posted on 11/09/2012
  Castleberry ISD Campus Embrace Technology and Blended Learning
  Students at JJE Technology ExtravaganzaCampuses at Castleberry ISD are demonstrating their commitment to the blended learning focus in the 2012-2013 school year. These are some recent examples of how they are moving forward and embracing technology and the web with events as well as day-to-day in the classroom.

On Tuesday, October 23, 2012, Joy James Elementary hosted over 400 parents and students at their Technology Extravaganza. Parents visited their children’s classrooms to see students demonstrate blended learning activities which included the use of SMART Boards and interactive websites.

Teachers showcased their class websites, which are linked to the campus Home page. On the Home page, parents are able to access information and view activities to help their children with learning at home.

In addition to the classroom activities, visitors had the opportunity to visit the Scholastic Book Fair and complete the Castleberry ISD Parent Survey in the computer labs. The Joy James Parent Teacher Organization donated two Google Nexus 7 Tablets to be raffled off for the parents who attended the event.

The featured speaker of the evening was Marty Purselley, the Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney and Chief of Computer Crimes, who presented valuable information about Internet Safety and Cyberbullying Prevention.

At Castleberry Elementary, Ms. Krystal York, Special Programs Teacher, applied for aMs. York & Students w/Samsung Tablet technology grant for a classroom project and has been awarded a $400 Samsung Galaxy Wi-Fi Tablet!

Ms. York stated, “When I envision today's classroom, I see technology in the hands of every student. Today’s world is driven by technology and so often my students’ access to the current technology is limited.”

She contacted Donors Choose, an organization that provides teachers with materials and equipment to enhance their classroom instruction. Ms. York immediately decided the Samsung Galaxy would allow the students to have access to applications that directly support the content being taught in her classroom.

After completing an application that required information about her classroom, community, as well as a short essay on her reasons for wanting the Galaxy Tablet, she submitted the project. When it was approved, she started promoting her new technology project entitled “Technology to the Rescue” to her community members. Her students were able to track the progress of the project online through their website. The class was in disbelief when they found out our project was funded in only six days!

The tablet has already allowed her students to do a variety of academic tasks such as read books and practice math equations. She has been able to find many engaging applications that are appropriate for the students in 1st through 5th grades. Ms. York stated, “I love that my students have been given the chance to grow and learn technology skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives! The Samsung Galaxy has reawakened their excitement for learning!”

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