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Archive for September, 2012

Embracing Technology for the New School Year

As technology has continued to play an increasingly important role in our lives it has provided numerous positive changes to the way we learn and how education is conducted in the school.   As the school year begins, we hope you find the information below on how technology is being integrated into the classroom beneficial to you and your family.

Interactive Whiteboards

Also known as SMART Boards, this interactive display connects a computer to a board, supplementing traditional blackboards and flip charts.  They provide an excellent environmentally friendly way to teach the class in an interactive style that allows for materials discussed in the class to be posted at a later date for future review.

Below are several examples of how teachers are incorporating SMART Boards into the classroom:

  • Classroom brainstorming
  • Using a Document Camera to display and edit text and images
  • Illustrating and writing a book as a class
  • Teaching steps to a math problem
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Saving lessons for students who were absent
  • Allowing students share projects during parent teacher interviews

Online Classroom Management Systems

Many teachers are engaging in the use of online web applications like Moodle to promote blended learning with the classroom.

These systems have many online features to benefit your child’s education, which include:

  • Classroom discussion forms
  • Homework submission
  • Online quizzes
  • Downloading information including prior lessons and additional learning resources
  • Classroom calendar

To see an example of this technology, we would recommend visiting: demo.moodle.net.

We would encourage you to work with your school and teacher to better understand how many of these technological innovations can be potentially used in your child’s classroom.

Good luck with the start of school and if we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Transitioning Back to School

Transitioning Back to School

The start of the school year provides an opportunity for you and your child to discuss goals for the year ahead and for them to develop new skills and knowledge.

Below are some tips in transitioning from the summer holidays to the start of school.

Adjust to the New Routine

  • Work with your child to ease back into a school year routine, especially bed and meal times
  • Discuss with your child what time of the day works best for homework / studying
  • If your child takes part in after-school activities, develop a weekly schedule to ensure balance with their school work
  • If your child is going through a transition year (middle school, high school) make a trip before the first day of classes and provide extra support

 

Emphasize Organization

  • An agenda is an excellent tool to help your child stay organized.   Work with her or him to develop a habit of recording their homework, tests and assignments to remember due dates
  • Utilize school supplies such as binders and folders to keep items organized in a knapsack
  • Before the first day of school, organize supplies, clothes and other items to ensure a smooth morning

 

Stay Informed

  • Engage your child on an ongoing basis to learn about their progress
  • Understand the important dates throughout the year:
    • Report cards, parent-teacher interviews, course selection, important assignments and tests, and exams
  • Get to know your child’s teacher(s) and continue stay in touch with them throughout the year

 

Good luck with the start of school and if we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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