Kutztown Area School District has a rich tradition of innovation. We were actually the first district in the Commonwealth of Pennyslvania to go 1:1. We transitioned away from iPads with eighth graders to Chromebooks. We did this because we felt that Chromebooks would be a better tool for blended learning and project-based learning.
The first challenge that we encountered regards the devices themselves. iPads are great as personal devices, but we encountered difficulty using them as a 1:1 classroom tool. We didn’t get rid of them; we believe in using the the right device at the right time. At some point, iPads are the right device, but Chromebooks are typically much better-suited for academic tasks.
Small steps. Take a risk. Do it. Do it in increments. Know going in that there is never going to be enough time, PD’s, developed content. Start out with one project, assignment, or activity. See what works well. Develop it over time and trust the process.
Our staff is incredibly willing to work together to innovate in terms of blended learning. Administrators are willing to let teachers take the lead. Staff members are willing to try new things, work together, and say “yes.” It is this culture of experimentation that allows us to be successful.
Kutztown Area Middle School serves students in grades 6-8 living in Kutztown, PA. The school is committed to maximizing potential, embracing change, and creating the future through the success of its students. Kutztown Area Middle School is a project-based, blended school that embraces a Right Device: Right Time (RDRT) policy for technology integration. In the 2018-9 school year, all students at the school will work on Chromebooks in a 1:1 capacity.
Kutztown Area Middle School
10 Deisher Ln
In 2014-2015, Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 math and english language arts, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
In 2014-2015, Pennsylvania used the Keystone Exams to assess high school students in Algebra I, English, and Biology. The Keystone Exams are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
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