Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math are a critical component in helping the U.S. succeed now, and into the future. We are proud to present this week’s STEAM Story in partnership with CESA 7.
In this week's STEAM Story, Educators Amy Uelmen, Tracy Wiedeman and Jenny Gracyalny share their Pulaski School District Apple Core Training experience.
Instructional Technology Coordinator Amy Uelmen explains that Apple Core is a team of thirteen educators in the district who are passionate about technology in the classroom, and are willing to share their knowledge and experiences with colleagues. One-hundred hours of sessions are offered after school and on Saturdays for teachers to learn and explore, with the ultimate goal of positive impact in the classroom. The beauty of the program is that it is built on need. The Apple Core Team, being educators, have a lot of dialog with their colleagues, focusing on key benefits that help students. Every year the program is assessed and improved to make it more beneficial for students with this goal in mind.
Second Grade Teacher Tracy Wiedeman says the Apple Core program has been amazing regarding the things her students can do during the day with technology. In demonstrating their learning from so many different avenues, and not just through traditional paper and pencil, students are able to articulate their thoughts, show them through app technology, and utilize different internet sites in gathering information for research.
One of Tracy's favorite things is being able to go "outside the walls" of her classroom through the Global Read Aloud Program, and be able to connect with so many different people throughout the world. Tracy sees the program continuing to move forward with new, innovative ideas being brought to the table, with the goal of immediate use in the classroom.
Jenny Gracyalny, Director of Learning Services, says the professional development opportunities for teachers are top-notch. Teachers are engaged in P.D. that relates to their interests, which can be incorporated into their classrooms, helping students achieve the Four Cs: critical thinking, content consumption, collaboration and creativity.
Amy concludes in stating that educators are life-long learners who want what is best for their students; gaining applied skills necessary for both learning and the future.
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