EdTech @ The Branch

Long Branch is dedicated toensuring the best possible access to integrating instructional technology toolsinto our school environment. It is our belief that all students and staff canincrease learning, productivity and gain knowledge through the integrated useof technology. This year, every second grader will receive a digital learningdevice that will allow them to create their own personalized learningenvironment, collaborate with other, and participate in an enhanced digitallearning experience.

A variety of technology tools are available to students and teachers. Our classrooms are equipped with a Dell teacher laptop, interactive white boardfor instruction and one to two student stations. All grades have access toweekly computer lab time.  Additionally, students in grades 3 – 5 have twolaptop carts that are shared among the grade levels.  Our specialists andresource staff also have a laptop and the majority of them have an interactivewhiteboard in their classroom. Some of our students are assignedChromebooks to use on a daily basis.

Teachers also have access to an iPad cart with 27 ipads touse for instruction or a set of 5 ipads for small group projects. Otherinstructional technology tools available are library research stations,printers, SMART student response systems, video digital cameras, Nooks, iPadMinis, Macbooks for creative projects like making movies, and a TV studio thatproduces our weekly news program.

The 2014-15 school year, 80 second graders received iPads as part of the Digital Learning Initiative. The focus of the program at The Branch is to create a personalized learning environment for students to access information, collaborate and share their knowledge whileexploring the impact of these digital learning devices on student writing.To learn more about the district digital initiative, visit Digital Learning @ APS

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Patrick Tien, Instructional Technology Coordinator (ITC)