WCSU Tech Workgroups
Over the past couple of years the WCSU Technology Committee has worked to define what effective technology integration looks like inside and outside of the classroom. With this definition in mind, we examined a number of technologies to find the best examples of effective technology integration. DreamBox, Scratch, and Seesaw are all powerful tools that can be used to enhance student learning. Want to learn more about these tools?
DreamBox is an online math program for students in grades K -8 that adapts to students’ actions to meet them at the right level–with personalized instruction that promotes student decision making and strategy development. Through the use of various games and models DreamBox engages students and promotes student growth and deeper conceptual understanding by encouraging different pathways to solving problems. DreamBox is standards aligned and provides teachers with a wealth of information about student progress.
Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations -- and share your creations with others around the world. In the process of designing and programming Scratch projects, young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. There are over 19 million registered Scratch users and over 23 million Scratch projects. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.
Seesaw is an online digital portfolio that empowers students to independently document their learning. Seesaw can help improve communication between teachers and families by giving parents immediate, personalized access to their child’s school day. Through the use of tools that help students capture their thinking, Seesaw can also be used to promote higher order thinking skills.