Expedition Kits bring new and innovate technology into the classroom. By immersing students in a subject, they experience an environment they may not otherwise have the opportunity to explore. The kits push learning by extending the boundaries of a classroom without physically leaving. For example, students studying Greece can tour the country with the headsets. In addition, it provides teachers, who are not yet a part of the 1:1 program, access to technology resources.
Summer Tech Camp
GVSD offers a summer technology camp that introduces fifth grade students to the iPad. Funded by the Foundation, the camps support the District’s one-to-one technology effort. The 90 student participants who attended the free camp got an advanced look at the technology they are using in classrooms this year.
Students learned iPad basics with settings and functions by participating in a QR code scavenger hunt. They also learned productivity apps within Office 365, such as OneDrive, email and Word. Students learned basic troubleshooting like how to reboot, close apps, or reconnect to wifi. Over the course of the camp, each student participated in a Digital Citizenship Breakout room and a Goosechase scavenger hunt. They completed “Getting to Know You” activities in Seesaw and iMovie.
For the past couple years the Great Valley School District, with funding help from the Foundation, has offered a Speaker Series at the various schools within the district. The series is designed around the theme of creating safe and healthy school environments. All events are open to the Great Valley community and offered free of charge to those who choose to attend. Registration is required in advance via the links included on the school districts website. Please consider joining us for one or all of these events.
This year, Venture Grants enhanced the Family and Consumer Sciences curriculum with the purchase of an embroidery machine that allows teachers to incorporate the newest technology in the sewing industry. The students use their iPads to create a personal design, and then the machine embroiders it onto their tote or drawstring bags.