BrailleNote Touch & Google Docs Rock!

posted Nov 2, 2016, 7:31 AM by Christopher McCaffrey   [ updated Nov 2, 2016, 7:32 AM ]

Jazlaya is in third grade at Whitfield Elementary, and if you are ever lucky enough to meet her, you know she's one special kid. Jazlaya is not defined by her visual impairment, and meeting her once is evidence enough that she affects everyone she interacts with, by her contagious laughter, positive outlook on life, and quick wittiness. This year, Jazlaya was lucky enough to pilot the BrailleNote Touch, which combines the simplicity and accessibility of a Braille note taker with the power, efficiency, and collaboration capabilities of a modern tablet. 
Leveraging the BrailleNote Touch, a new tool for people with visual impairments, and the collaborative power of Google Docs; Jazlaya is able to not only work on school documents with ease and communicate with emails in conversations with teachers and students, but also the teachers have the ability to watching Jazlaya's school work happen in real-time if needed. 
See the short video below to see Jazlaya working on a Google Document that her teacher, Anna Ackley, can see in real-time as she types!

Jazlaya & her BrailleNote Touch

BrailleNote Touch

"Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World."

posted Oct 11, 2016, 7:38 AM by Christopher McCaffrey

Once again, the teachers at Wilson enjoyed varied options for their professional learning to push their thinking and skill sets, and as Columbus said, "Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World." As Wilson School District enters another year of a full 1:1 learning environment, more teachers are "hitting their stride" with effectively and innovatively leveraging technology in the classroom. The teachers had a chance to see many learning experiences of our K-12 students during a 30-minute keynote by Dr. Amy Flannery & Chris McCaffrey in the morning. This presentation (see below) features many of our classrooms where our students are using their voice as well as given choice in their learning. The importance of offering students time for reflection and opportunities for innovation allows the students to develop crucial critical thinking skills to ask questions and challenge what they read, see and experience. The examples exhibited how Wilson students are not only problem-solvers but problem finders while connecting their learning beyond the classroom walls and helping them self-assess their understanding. If you would like to learn more about the day and the offerings that our teachers enjoy, please visit our Professional Learning grid of sessions for the day, https://goo.gl/XpNZgw.

Virtual Reality in Wilson Classrooms

posted Dec 21, 2015, 8:01 AM by Christopher McCaffrey

Students were engrossed in virtual reality at Wilson in November, and if you’ve never experienced
Google Cardboard
Google Cardboard you should give it a try. Google Cardboard turns a smartphone into an immersive virtual reality experience that is simple, fun and affordable. Students were able to experience virtual reality first hand when Rick Lapi, one of the district’s instructional technology coaches, brought several Google Cardboards to Mrs. Shuler's classroom. Please see the pictures below of our 4th grade students’ virtual adventures, and if you like to learn more about how Google Cardboard is being used in the classroom visit Google Expeditions. Google Expeditions extends the use of Google Cardboard, 
where teachers can take their classes on immersive virtual journeys to bring learning to life.

1-1 Site Visit

posted Dec 18, 2015, 7:29 AM by Christopher McCaffrey   [ updated Dec 18, 2015, 7:32 AM ]

Wilson's 1:1 site visit is Feb 16th (snow date 2/17)

We would like to share with how Wilson's students, teachers and staff have leveraged technology to improve learning and engagement in the classroom. See how students and teachers are adapting to the infusion of technology  throughout their daily routines, learning and creations.

Wilson has Chromebooks for every student in grades 2-12 (approx 5,000), Chromebooks and 1,000  Nexus 7 Tablets in grades K&1. 

Agenda, Registration, etc are all set, and there is a 5 registrant limit per district. Sign up with your team quick as we will can only accommodate 100 visitors.

Wilson's 1:1 Site Visit - May 2015

The Hour of Code

posted Dec 16, 2015, 12:27 PM by Christopher McCaffrey   [ updated Dec 16, 2015, 12:27 PM ]

During the week of December 7th, 5,000 Wilson students were busy coding by partaking in The "Hour of Code”. The "Hour of Code" is a worldwide project supported by Code.org, which is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science. As an example, our middle school students, with support from the AP Computer Science high school students, learned how to program a robot with specific instructions. Checkout the over 100 pictures from the engaging and enjoyable week below.

1st Grader Teaching Teachers

posted Dec 2, 2015, 8:11 AM by Christopher McCaffrey   [ updated Dec 2, 2015, 8:27 AM ]

Wilson teachers received a boost in their professional development with the help of our newest and youngest facilitator, 1st grade student Sarah. Teacher facilitators, Madeline Bieber & Dianna Accordino, leveraged Sarah to help teachers learn about checking for understanding using the app "Book Creator" during the “So you have selfies, now what?” professional learning session. See Sarah in action with our K & 1 teachers please check out the pictures below and feel free to see the presentation here, https://goo.gl/Ph6IeB

Professional Learning

posted Oct 21, 2015, 11:39 AM by Christopher McCaffrey   [ updated Oct 21, 2015, 11:40 AM ]

The Wilson teachers were provided numerous choices for their professional learning on Monday October 12th. The options ranged from “Effective Feedback in the Digital Age” to “Personalities Types in the Classroom” to “Literacy Centers” for their own expansion in respect to 21st Century instruction and learning. If you would like to learn more about the learning, sessions and read the teachers feedback from the day see the links and the embedded sessions grid below.
Please click the session titles below to see a description and more resources for the particular session.   

**Click HERE, to open this schedule in a full window.**

Schools out! ... well not for all teachers

posted Jun 17, 2015, 6:01 AM by Christopher McCaffrey   [ updated Jun 17, 2015, 7:06 AM ]

Educators from 22 school districts in and around Berks County joined together to learn more deeply about the teaching and learning process with the support of technology. The “Core Connections to Instruction and Technology Conference” took place with more than 250 teachers learning on June 16 & 17th at Wilson HS. For more information about the vast array of session offerings click a session title below and check out the pictures from the 2 day event. Also, feel free to visit the Conference's website for even more information, http://WilsonSD.org/CoreConf


Wilson 1-1 Site Visit

posted May 27, 2015, 7:29 AM by Christopher McCaffrey   [ updated May 27, 2015, 11:44 AM ]

The Wilson High School Library was packed to the gills on Tuesday, May 26th with 100+ educators from 33 different school districts from Delaware, Ohio, New Jersey & Pennsylvania. They came to see how Wilson’s learning environment has transformed using an inquiry approach to teaching, while leveraging Google Chromebooks. The visitors were welcomed with an overview of Wilson’s digital conversion, and then were treated to classroom visits at the high school and Southern Middle School. The guests were also able to partake in an elementary student technology showcase, exhibiting how our younger students use technology in their classes. If you like to see the presentations and agenda from the day, please visit our 1-1 Site Visit page and view some great pictures below.

Curious about Science? Ask the 7th Grade Experts… in NJ!

posted Apr 22, 2015, 8:16 AM by Christopher McCaffrey

That’s exactly what the second grade students in Mrs. Dang’s classroom are doing at Cornwall Terrace! They are asking seventh graders at Hillsborough Middle School in NJ about science. Working virtually, the second graders submit questions through an online form which then the 7th grade students in Hillsborough answer the submitted questions. The 7th graders create presentations, videos, and various learning objects to help answer and teach the Wilson second graders. If you would like to learn more about our second graders learning beyond the classroom walls, please check out the pictures and resources detailing the collaboration below.  If you are interested please feel free to view the questions from the second graders and the answers created by the 7th grades on the Science Collaboration website. Please use the links on the left to explore the collaborative project website.

Please use the links in the slideshow below to learn more about the Wilson - Hillsborough collaboration efforts in all grades K-12.

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