Eighth-grade students from Garden City Middle School in Michigan are learning integers, slope and other math concepts two days a week through a special program at a local college. Faculty at the college teach students how math relates to real-life situations. "Right now, we are relating it to gaming. We are talking about storage space on their computers. When you delete a program, you have more space," said Anita Guethlein, an assistant who works in the learning assistance center.
Second-graders in teacher Jennifer Ryskamp's class at Country Oaks Elementary School in Commerce Township, Mich., used Nook eReaders and iPads to write personal essays, publish them to their class's website and read other students' essays, writes John Tavernier, executive director of technology for Huron Valley Schools in Michigan. In this commentary, Tavernier writes that high-school students used technology in their project-based learning to created multimedia presentations, videos and reports to show their understanding of science.
The Michigan Citizenship Collaborative Curriculum will launch a new K-5 social studies curriculum in the Wayne-Westland Community Schools of Michigan. The curriculum includes multiple lessons and literary connections for each topic. "We combed through the units, we literally went page by page to make sure it met the needs of the students," said Jenna Mullins, a teacher at Elliott Elementary School who served on the content committee.
Michigan's Plymouth-Canton Community Schools district is using a recently approved $114.4 million bond, in part, to invest in the school technology necessary to implement online testing requirements being implemented in the 2014-15 school year. Among other things, the district will purchase digital devices for all students and make improvements to district labs for science, technology, engineering and math to prepare students for technology-driven jobs of the 21st-century. "This is the way of the future, it's the nature of the global world," said John Barrett, school board president.
Social studies and English teachers at Thurston High School in Redford, Mich., are working to enhance learning by raising money to bring laptop computers with Google Chrome software into the classrooms. Teachers Jason Brater and Rory Hughes have raised nearly $11,000 to supply their classrooms with 72 computers. "If you want to maximize their attention and their learning, then you have to do those things where they're most able to pay attention and learn," said Brater, a social studies teacher.