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Indicator ST1.4

Indicator ST1.4: Students use technology resources to conduct research, demonstrate creative and critical thinking, and communicate and work collaboratively.

Rating: 4


Narrative: Because Spring Valley High School is a one-to-one technology school, our students are able to work digitally in both collaborative and individual capacities both in class and at home. All of our students are issued Chromebooks when they enter Spring Valley, which they keep for the duration of their enrollment, including over the summer. In a recent survey, more than half of our teachers indicate that they use some level of blended learning, and about one third indicate that they “flip” their classrooms to some extent. Utilization of learning platforms such as Google Classroom, Google Documents, Google Slides, Google Hangout, Edmodo, Albert, Perusall and tutorial sites such as USA Test Prep, IXL, PsychSims, Desmos, Formative and others are continuously accessible to students and allow for extension of research and collaboration. Teachers widely use apps such as Kahoot, Padlet, Socrative, Nearpod, Quizlet, Quia, VoiceThread, blogs, Powtoon, and so on that increase engagement through technology. 
 
Latin students use Magistrula to extend beyond the classroom. French students used Google Hangouts to communicate and collaborate in a question and answer session with a French speaking scientist and world traveler from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An English class had a “mystery hangout” with a class in New Jersey; the activity involved research, and questioning skills, public speaking, and synthesizing information to draw conclusions. 
 
Teachers and students use many of these same apps for teacher/student and student/student communication. Technology applications such as Google documents, discussion boards, and Padlet present opportunities for digital conversations that can be extended outside of class time constraints and be accessed over time. US History students were assigned to “tweet” with one another Twitter to review terminology. In addition, teachers are accessible to students after hours via email, text messaging, and through Google Docs. Math students at all levels use TI Inspire calculators supplemented in class the teacher’s use of the Navigator. SVH Resources for Parents and Students is intended to provide content specific resources for students, while Spring Valley Core Resources aimed at providing resources for teachers.
 
Students use SCDiscus, content-specific websites (most teachers provide lists on their websites), Internet searches, online textbooks, and many other digital resources to complete research projects (psychology, world history, US history, English) across content areas. In response to a U.S. History assignment, students chose an enduring US history theme and created portfolios of “map portraits” and wrote a summary to explain how each image fit the theme in relation to the person. Career Prep students utilize the Career Ready 101 website for exploring careers across all disciplinary areas and development of both life and workplace skills and proficiencies.
 
Discovery students engage in individualized laboratory-based research in a specific area of their own interest and present their findings at an annual symposium. World Language students are able to access authentic regalia written and spoken in the languages they are learning. Math and science students rely on technology such as the TI Inspire, Vernier and LabQuest Probes, and Pasco and Chromebook/lab interface for individual research projects. Students with moderate intellectual disabilities and autism use IPADs in the classroom every day for both independent and teacher directed activities. Apps include math and science activities. The class also participates in a group Smart Board activity each day which incorporates technology and PBS activities as well as National Geographic, ETV and SAG stories online. Post-secondary activities are incorporated every day.
 
We have to technology learning coaches (TLCs) and one assistant in our Instructional Technology Department who are available before, during, and after school to provide assistance with troubleshooting or computer issues. The TLCs also provide frequent technology related professional learning opportunities.