When Christopher Luea, a middle school Spanish and robotics instructor, teaches a lesson, a robotic device, called a SWIVL, records him while rotating to follow his movements. “Our Spanish language instructional theory is based heavily on comprehensible input and focused immersion,” he said. “Therefore, when students are absent or would do well to revisit lessons, these recordings offer a high-quality audio and video recording for them.”
During a Haslett School Board Meeting on Nov. 12, teachers from Haslett Middle School and Haslett High School showcased how they are incorporating modern technology into the classroom. Chelsea Pennington, a high school math teacher, records her algebra outlines using a different kind of device.
HASLETT– A software program could change the way teachers and administrators are able to view progress in the classroom. Created 10 years ago by educators in California, Illuminate Education is a data management system that is used by educational institutions. With 50 percent of all teacher evaluations in the district now based upon how a student is progressing, administrators are expecting that these programs will provide some of this information. The Haslett School Board discussed the software on Feb. 24.
It’s no secret that technology makes people’s lives easier. Haslett school board members discussed in their last meeting what type of technological advancements should be made for teachers to reach full academic potential with students. Steve Sneed, Haslett Robotics Club representative, reached out to the school board and requested to expand robotics in the district. The goal of robotics is to prepare students who are pursuing a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related field. According to Sneed, by the year 2020, the U.S. will have more than 1 million unfilled computer-programming and engineering related jobs.