We chose to go blended in order to prepare students for the world they will live in as adults. We realized that every twenty first century adult constantly has a computer in their hand. We have also seen what technology can do to make learning more personalized and efficient, as well as to streamline the process of assessment. It seemed like we were doing school based on a 19th or 20th century model, and we felt morally and ethically obligated to provide an updated model. Our model has evolved in that teachers used to have to plan more how they were going to use technology. Now, technology is an integral part of the learning experience, and teachers feel much more comfortable and familiar with the tools available to them. Additionally as our model has evolved, students have developed the regulatory skills to know when they should use the iPad as a tool for a particular task.
Children at this age—early teens—really like to go on sites that classes aren’t working on: inappropriate or distracting sites. Of course, that just replaces other behaviors teenagers might exhibit. We have worked to manage this by utilizing Google software that enables teachers to see what is on students’ screens. We’ve also encountered some resistance from parents who believe that students are on technology too much. We have addressed this challenge by deliberately communicating with parents. For example, at parent-teacher conferences, students will actually show their parents what they can do. Teachers will sometimes ask students to go home and walk their parents through a learning activity on the iPad.
Go for it. There are so many reasons not to that you can come up with, most financial. We cut back on so many other things--textbooks, paper--so that it doesn’t cost us more. It’s the right thing.
Bay View Middle School empowers students to embark on a journey toward success, through high expectations and challenging opportunities from a dedicated and unified school community. The school serves students in grades seven and eight who reside in the villages of Howard and Suamico, Green Bay, Wisconsin. In accordance with the Howard-Suamico School District Digital Learning Transformation, Bay View Middle School operates a 1:1 iPad program for students, who utilize digital technology in both core and elective courses. During the 2017-18 school year, Bay View Middle School won the Wisconsin “Spirit of Excellence Award,” in recognition of the school’s demonstrated excellence in in leadership, sportsmanship, and service.
Bay View Middle School
Green Bay, Wisconsin
54313 United States
In 2014-2015 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested.
The Badger Assessment is a statewide Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) standardized exam. The exam was given to students in grades 3 through 8 and measured student achievement in two subject areas: English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.