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Bethel High School receives 2017 Technology Leadership Award

Bethel High School received the 2017 Technology Leadership Award at the Hampton School Board meeting on June 7.  This award recognizes a school or department that is not only at the top of their game when it comes to technical ability, but also exhibits the best teamwork, leadership, creativity and innovative spirit to make big things happen with technology.

Ralph Saunders, principal of Bethel, accepted the award along with many members of his staff. 

“Thank you for the award,” said Saunders as he accepted it at the School Board meeting.  “It is not mine. It is the teachers that put forth the great effort every day to educate our students and differentiate through technology.”

To be considered for the technology leadership award, employees from across the division are asked to submit nominations to the department of information technology and information literacy services, who selects the winner based upon the impact to student learning, improved effectiveness, and the nominee’s approach to integrating technology into their classroom or work environment.

While the award is for the entire school, special recognition was emphasized for the English department, the math department, and librarians.  These three teams were recognized as the best of the best instructional technologists.

John Eagle, director of information technology, shared the following information.

The math department has made extensive use of “do nows” (also known as a “bellringers”), “exit tickets” for tests and quizzes, allowing a rapid analysis for needed remediation or differentiated instruction.  Google classroom is also used for assignments, as is Edmodo, Schoology and other applications to organize papers and presentations.

English teachers worked over the summer to adapt and create lessons for Chromebook use.  They attend professional development to understand the apps and technology available for the various lessons.  When stepping into an English classroom, it is typical to see students engaged in a group activity where they are seeking to resolve an issue.  They discuss it, research the problem while sharing pictures and information via Google Drive or other apps creating their work product simultaneously on their Chromebooks, and submitting the final product to the teacher for feedback.  When presenting information, studets also receive instant feedback from their audience.  Technology use in these classrooms is not a special treat, it is the norm.

The librarians send links, videos, and information out to students and teachers based on activities and subjects being addressed in classrooms during that week.  If students are working on a research project that will include a presentation, they will receive emails with guides to new presentation tools.  Teachers also receive emails regularly to assist them in developing creative Chromebook-infused lessons that provide a deeper learning experience.  The library is the technology hub for their school and conducts extensive instructional activities every month for both students and teachers.


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