Each year SET-BC supports a small number of provincially coordinated classroom technology projects. These projects are designed to investigate and explore how new technologies can be used to support students’ IEP goals or how to extend the use of existing technologies within students’ educational programs. For more information on any of these projects, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Using Technology to Support Vulnerable Learners (Nanaimo)
Students in an ungraded linear class were supported in their literacy development through the use of Kurzweil 3000 as a whole class support tool. The emphasis of this project was on personalized learning where the class tools used responded to the uniqueness of every learner with flexibility in where, when, and how learning took place.
Kootenay Kids (Creston)
Students in a Grade 4 class used technology as a tool to explore all areas of the curriculum. Teachers guided students in how to demonstrate their learning in a variety of alternate ways. This allowed students to be successful following their own learning styles.
Digital Citizenship (Surrey)
Students in a Grade 6 class explored the role of digital media in their lives. They learned to be good digital citizens, explored benefits and risks of online interactions and learned how to do this safely. They applied strategies for safe online communication and learned to critically consider the information they share online. Students also learned to protect their privacy and respect that of others, explored ethics of online relationships/communication with respect to cyberbullying (negative) and created positive online connections through collaboration. The students contributed to weekly personal blogs and responded to peer blogs. The students created a video public service announcement on digital citizenship and literacy.
Valleyview Life Skills (Kamloops)
Students that attended a life skills room program at the school were involved with several aspects of helping make their school ‘green’. The students participated in collecting bottles and cans, distributed fresh fruit and vegetables and educated peers on making better beverage choices. These initiatives supported the students in the program in developing valuable employable skills. The students created and shared a series of presentations that highlighted information on healthy eating and helping the environment to their peers, administration, PAC and other community groups.
Live Captioning with Dragon (Summerland)
In a Grade 7 class, the team attemped to live caption the teacher’s speech and then display it as a closed caption on students’ computers. Having the teacher’s auditory message transcribed as text on the students’ laptop screen supported students with issues related to memory, motor planning, written output, and organization. Students referred back to the teacher’s oral instructions for assignments, clarification, review and vocabulary development. The project team used an FM system in combination with laptops with Dragon Naturally Speaking for this project.
Titans @ Fun (Langley)
An enthusiastic team of classroom teachers in Langley were interested in exploring ways to engage students in personalized learning projects in the Humanities and Science in the middle school grades. The goal of the project was to enhance reading, writing and research skills through the use of a variety of tools for innovation and learning, including Kurzweil 3000 Firefly web licenses on laptops and iPads, interactive SMART Boards, etc. The team believed that all students, including those who use technology on loan from SET BC, would be more motivated and engaged in their learning if teachers planned with all students in mind and provided the tools to support their students’ access to curriculum and allowed them to represent their learning in a variety of ways.
Drop Everything and Read Everything (Victoria)
Students in an English Literacy Class at a secondary school used the KOBO e-reader to improve their reading fluency and reading comprehension skills with a variety of texts. Students were able to select materials of their choice including high-interest-low-vocabulary e-text, and public library e-text. Students had supported reading experiences working with the classroom team, reading partners and peer tutors as well as adult reading buddies. Drama activities were used to support vocabulary development, concept understanding and reading fluency, this included practice and performance of various Readers’ Theatre plays leading to final public performances.
West Heights Extreme (Mission)
Students in a Grade 5/6 class studied extreme environments – researching how life adapts to the extremes of the various environments and the diversity of life in each environment. Students conducted research online and in their school libraries. Students with writing challenges had access to speech recognition software. Students produced a video presentation of their research.
Grade One iLiteracy (Revelstoke)
Students in a Grade One class used a couple of iPads and the Pictello app to support students who were reluctant to speak in the classroom by using accessible books that were created by the class with the guidance of the classroom teacher. These accessible books were also shared with the rest of the school community during assemblies.
The Green Team (Lac La Hache)
The entire school was committed to participating in ‘green initiatives’ that included turning off the lights when leaving a classroom, using a composting bin as well as an indoor worm composter. The staff and students planned, designed, planted and harvested a school garden which culminated in a community Harvest Dinner. The students of this rural school all shared in documenting the school community’s efforts, created a multimedia presentation and submited it to the BC Green Games.
Show What You Know (Kelowna)
Students in two Grade 6 classes used technology to support multimedia classroom assignments. Students worked in groups or individually to research topics of interest and then presented their multimedia products at the end of the unit.
Exploring Relationship Circles (Vancouver)
Students in an intermediate Life Skills class used technology to build a visual presentation depicting social boundaries in their lives. The Circles program provided a basis for the students to help organize and delineate social relationships. Students in this project created a photo-library of individuals in their circles and edited the photos using iApp tools. Audio was added to their presentations and the final products were shared in a variety of settings in the school.