Brewster High School: The High School is increasingly moving towards web based instructional tools that better allow for collaboration both within peer groups and with the teacher. A group of teachers piloted Google Apps for Education last year; many additional teachers and students are migrating to this platform this year. Google Apps is a cloud based system that provides students access their work from any device with an internet connection; this includes phones and handheld devices. Google Apps is also convenient for sharing of files so that students can collaborate on a live document. Teachers can also view the document to critique or assess it.
Castle Learning is another online tool for assessment and review. Teachers can create assignments through Castle Learning where students receive immediate feedback when completing that homework. The assignments can also be configured to provide hints and additional resources to help the students master the questions that they are presented with. Castle Learning also has a tremendous database of subject specific questions that student can use to study on their own
JFK Elementary School: Technology is abundant at JFK this year! Many rooms are now equipped with Smartboards and students are able to experience learning in an interactive way! Students are practicing math concepts using an online learning site, www.ixl.com. Each JFK student has an account and can access engaging problems, detailed explanations, and unlimited practice to help children master thousands of math skills.
C. V. Starr: This year, students in grades 3-5 will be using a web-based version of Accelerated Reader. This allows students access to every quiz that Accelerated Reader has which is over 130,000 quizzes! A wonderful new feature is available this year called Renaissance Home Connect. This will allow parents to view their child's progress towards reading goals, certifications, and view all books that their child has read and quizzes he/she has taken. Parents can also view all words their child has learned through Vocabulary Practice Quizzes. Words that the child missed on these quizzes are clearly marked so parents can help their child learn those words.