Name: Jennifer Amburgy
Title: Instructional Technology Specialist
Email Address: email@example.com
Phone number: 678-965-4953 ext. 440115
Our mission at Kelly Mill Elementary School is to facilitate learning by designing quality work that prepares our students for life. What better way to prepare our students for life than by helping them learn through using technology!
Our instructional technology vision is to use classroom technology to engage students in asking questions and choosing tools to facilitate real-world problem solving.
Forsyth County School System has made a considerable investment in technology to help us accomplish our mission. Students are at work with technology every day throughout our building.
- Every classroom has a Promethean ActivBoard that allows teachers to make interactive presentations to engage learners. Students can then manipulate the information on the board or create their own work in order to internalize concepts.
- Every classroom is equipped with microphones and built-in sound systemes to enhance the speaking in each room.
- Students are able to bring in their own devices and connect to our BYOT wireless network to extend the resources available in each classroom. These devices are used as students apply what they have learned in class, and to connect to the ActivBoard for formative assessments during classroom discussions.
- Teachers use technology in their lessons to foster connections with learners across the world and integrate Web 2.0 tools as they show mastery of the standards.
- With a computer lab that has access to 30 laptops and 4 desktops, and 6 laptop carts that hold 10 wireless laptops each, teachers may reserve the computer lab for their entire class, or they can check out a laptop cart for smaller groups. Students have access to a full range of productivity software, including, but not limited to Microsoft Office 2007, The Graph Club, ActivInspire, PhotoStory, Frames, Pixie, Windows Movie Maker, Kidspiration 3, Inspiration 8, Kidspiration, and Internet Explorer. We are also excited about using programs purchased by the county through the Internet like Wixie, Wikispaces, Edublogs, Socrative, and Edmodo.
- All classrooms have 4 new networked computers with cable Internet access. In many classrooms children use these computers throughout the day as they rotate through learning centers.
We also have document cameras, web cameras, Flip Cameras, and a Tandberg unit for students to capture their learning experiences throughout the day and to connect with other classrooms around the world through Skype sessions.
At any given time in our building, students might be researching a topic on the Internet, creating a digital movie or digital presentation in lieu of a written report, making a chart in a spreadsheet or a graphing program, sending a story or movie from a hand-held device to a desktop, using an app to practice skills learned in their content are, or collaborating with a classroom or career professional through a Skype session.