East Pike Elementary School experienced difficulties as it enhanced the role of technology in the classroom without significant increases in IT staffing. The school receives some help with broken and malfunctioning devices from high school technology interns. The school also addresses these problems through high-quality professional development, which gives staff members the skills they need to use technology properly and do basic troubleshooting.
Indiana Area School District Assistant Superintendent Jeffery Boyer advises school and district leaders to observe other successful blended-learning programs before starting their own—“don’t reinvent the wheel.” After making observational visits, schools should prepare a project budget and timeline that is reasonable for them.
East Pike Elementary School is a public elementary school in the Indiana Area School District and is one of more than 40 schools in the state working with the Pennsylvania Hybrid Learning Institute (PAHLI) to implement blended learning in the state. The PAHLI is an organized group of teachers, administrators and subject-matter experts seeking to create a more student-centered approach to learning. The school is expecting that implementation of blended learning will have a measurable improvement on student achievement and state assessments.
Contact: Jeffery Boyer
East Pike Elementary School
501 E Pike
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