Teaching Through Technology

TEACHING THROUGH TECHNOLOGY

Patricia Patterson, Ed.D

"It is no harder to build something great than to build something good."
Jim Collins, author of Good to Great.

This is the mantra at Nob Hill Elementary School. In 2002 the new principal asked the question, if Nob Hill can be an "A" school without technology, what could it become with technology? The answer now is: an effective instructional environment that increases student engagement and authentic assessment, thereby preparing students for the 21st century and beyond. Accessible digital resources, effective technology training, and support for teachers are the keys to full utilization and management of technology within ...

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self-renewing, and progressive. This model has become embedded throughout the school and has resulted in the development of support systems, support roles, and an increase in teacher proficiency and integration of technology. The result is the seamless use of technology in the teaching and learning process.

Engagement with technology increases student motivation and enhances the learning experience thus promoting greater student involvement and ultimately, higher achievement. At Nob Hill we believe that the use of technology decreases behavior problems; increases time on task; encourages authentic engagement; allows greater use of resources; and builds a variety of skills that students will take with them into the world of work. How did Nob Hill accomplish all this in four years?

In her first year as principal, Dr. Patricia Patterson implemented school-wide change with her vision to bring Nob Hill into the 21st century. Her task was to direct investments in teacher ...

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were proud of the work they were doing with their students five years ago, they knew their student population was changing. The student demographics changed from two parent middle class families to one and two parent families where both parents worked. The number of students on free and reduced lunch increased 25 percent. Twenty-five percent of students participate in the school directed after-care program. In addition, teachers realized that student needs for the future were changing. They recognized that in order for students to be competitive in our global society, they would need to be taught skills that would empower them to function effectively in the future, thus changes ...

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