Technology at Stoner Prairie
Every day at Stoner Prairie technology is being used in countless ways by students and staff. As you wander through the building you might be wondering what all of these devices are that you see and how they are used to help support student learning. We are so excited by how much our students are growing as digital and 21st Century learners and we invite you to come in and take a look for yourself. Just a few examples of what you might see include:
*SMARTBoards – Every K-5 classroom in our building has a SMARTBoard. Teachers use their boards throughout the day, from morning meetings to math, literacy, art, music, and guidance, to help students visually see the concepts they are learning about. Students are also able to interact with media firsthand when they have opportunities to control the touch recognized SMARTboards .
*Document Cameras – Along with SMARTBoards, every K-5 classroom in our building has an IPEVO Document camera. These cameras display whatever is placed underneath them be it student work, math manipulatives, or science artifacts. Again, these document cameras allow students to interact with media and provides them visual resources to support their learning.
*Digital Cameras/Video Cameras – Continuing with the visual resources, we have a variety of digital cameras and video cameras including FLIP video cameras that can be used to document events taking place at Stoner Prairie. Students can film themselves or each other presenting projects, explaining their thinking and/or learning, or document various culturally rich events and field trips.
*Mac Laptops - In addition to the computers in each classroom and the computer lab, Stoner Prairie has a cart of 20 laptops plus additional laptops for checkout by staff and students. These laptops allow students to use laptops within the walls of their classrooms so they don’t have to find a set time during the day to walk down to the computer lab. Having portable laptops also allow students to work on projects, including PowerPoints, Keynotes, and iMovies, in the same space where all of their other resources are housed. While we typically use the laptops with students in grades 3-5, there are times when younger students also use them for special projects.
*iPads – This year our building has acquired 15 iPads for student use! All of the students are so excited to begin using these wonderful tools to support all of their learning. We have a variety of free educational apps installed on them including Google Earth, DiscoveryStreaming, and Dragon Dictation, along with the paid app Keynote, the mac version of PowerPoint, that can be used to create presentations. It is so exciting – and motivating – to see how students are already using the iPads and know they will continue to be a much demanded resource.
*Software/Web Resources – Of course when talking about technology at Stoner Prairie, we cannot forget to mention all of the software and web resources that we use to support student learning. Websites such as DiscoveryStreaming, BookFlix, TrueFlix, RAZ-Kids, Tumblebooks, PebbleGo and software such as Kidspiration, InspireData, Comic Life, Microsoft Office, and Scholastic Keys are just a few examples of the resources we provide to our students.
While this is by no means a complete list of all that we have for technology here at Stoner Prairie, it can hopefully give you an idea of some of the many ways our students are able to interact with digital resources and tools throughout their school day.
We extend a big thank you to the Stoner Prairie PTO who has historically been very supportive of technology purchases at our school. Many of the purchases of technology hardware and software would not be possible without the consistent help and support of the PTO. THANK YOU!