iPad Pilot Program in AP Class
iPad Pilot Program in AP Environmental Science Class
By Tricia Hinchman
Students enrolled in AP Environmental Science are currently piloting the use of iPads in the classroom. iPad minis were distributed to each student at the beginning of the school year to be used both in school and at home. Using a variety of technology tools and incorporating iPads into daily learning, the science classroom has been transformed into a 21st Century learning environment that includes active classroom conversations, enhanced critical thinking, and deeper understanding of the curriculum through interactive, hands-on learning.
“Using iPads and online textbooks, along with workflow and productivity apps, allows us to use our time in class for problem-solving, collaborating and interacting,” explained Sonja Anderson, Sayville High School science teacher. “Students are fully engaged and spend class time participating in technology-rich learning activities.”
Providing the students with this technology puts the tools and resources needed for 21st Century learning right at their fingertips. By seamlessly integrating technology throughout the course, students are empowered and are able to use class time more effectively. The skills they are learning will certainly allow students to maximize their full potential and are preparing them for college and the workplace.
This pilot project was inspired by Sonja Anderson. After realizing the high cost of a new textbook, she proposed purchasing tablets instead, taking advantage of the many online tools and resources that are available. She spent enormous time and energy putting together a new program that takes advantage of the technology which is now available to her students. With the assistance of Trish Hinchman, Technology Integration Specialist with ESBOCES, and the support of the school administrators and the technology department, this pilot has been extremely successful.
“We are excited about the progress we have made and the learning that is taking place in and out of the classroom,” added Trish Hinchman, “and we look forward to sharing our findings and developments throughout the year.”
Photo above: Science Teacher Sonya Anderson (center), was chosen Director at Large for Environmental Science in STANYS, and recently won the January 2014 Asset Bright Light/Teacher Recognition Instructional Technology Award. She is congratulated by Sayville High School Principal Ron Hoffer, Instructional Technology Director Barbara Hall, and Sayville Superintendent Dr. Walter Schartner.