Klein ISD in Region 4, a Texas High Performance Schools Consortium district, has implemented the Future Ready 21 project, which will provide every Klein ISD student in grades 3-8 with an electronic device over the next five years. Kindergartners through second graders will have access at a ratio of two students per device. This summer, teachers are receiving training on the devices and Google Education apps to “make lessons relevant, impactful, and interesting,” according to the Cypress Creek Mirror.
“We did a survey at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year with our teachers about what is the one thing you would want to do your job better,” Schindewolf Intermediate School Principal Dr. Curtis Simmons told the Mirror. “A majority of the teachers said if they and all of our students had this kind of device that this would enhance education. We are very fortunate that our district can do this. The training our staff is receiving right now is wonderful and vital to its success.”
Teachers at each cohort campus began receiving training on the new device and Google apps during the early part of 2016. Google training includes learning the basics about the entire suite of productivity tools available online. It also includes training on how to use Google Classroom, Docs, Sheets, Sites, and other apps to engage students and receive immediate feedback.
“We are moving to more technology in our future, and I think the training is wonderful,” said Schindewolf teacher Katherine Zotos. “This is going to allow for new innovative lessons, for teachers to have great feedback from the kids, and enhance student achievement. Our kids will be engaged so I think this will be great!”
Read the full article from the Cypress Creek Mirror.