Technology at Hawks Rise
Technology at Hawks Rise supports a learning environment of differentiated instruction, student assessments, and collaborative projects, where technology is used productively, responsible, and appropriately.
There are over 400-networked computers at Hawks Rise. Three computer labs allow for on-line testing, practice of fundamental math and reading skills, and produce content based on units of study.
Every classroom at Hawks Rise has a SMART board and a document camera connected to the teacher’s computer. An overhead projector allows teaching through the computer using the language arts book Wonders, and the ThinkCentral Go-Math book. Videos from Brain-POP and United Streaming are also used re-enforce concepts within the curriculum. A sound system, with student and teacher microphones, ensures that all students can focus and hear what’s being discussed.
Classrooms also have four to five student computers in each one. Each teacher has an iPad, and every classroom has at least one student iPad. Some primary and resource classrooms have sets of 5 to 10 iPads. A cart of 30 iPads is also available for checkout. Also available for classroom checkout are six SMART board Response Systems, which allow teachers instant feedback regarding student learning and comprehension of selected topics.
The software used at school includes, but is not limited to, the list below, and allows teachers to engage students and offer them opportunities to create, communicate, and collaborate to “show what they know”.
Software consist of the complete Office Suite, Renaissance Place AR and STAR, ThinkCentral-Go Math curriculum, Wonders reading curriculum, Discovery Education, Brain-Pop, and SuccessMaker. Edmodo and Educreations are used by several teachers to teach skills through a video posted on-line. Students watch at home, and come to class with questions that can be answered by the teacher. Students can watch the video, as many times as needed until they understand the topic.