JOIN US ON MAY 25TH FOR TECH SUCCESS DAY AT EMS!!!
View Registration & Schedule for details
The Edmunds Middle School Navigator Team is in the second year of a 1 to 1 laptop initiative called I-Leap. The I‑Leap Project is made possible by a partnership with the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education, University of Vermont,tarrantinstitute.org. Planning for this project began in the spring of 2009. Our work has been exhilarating, exhausting, frustrating, challenging, and rewarding!
The use of technology is a given on our team. Students often use their laptops from the time they arrive in the morning until the time they leave at the end of the day. Computers have become a tool on which students rely- a tool that helps them engage, collaborate, and escape the walls of our classrooms with a few clicks.
Come spend a day with the Navigator teachers and students. Ask questions, participate
The goal of our 1 to 1 pilot program, ILEAP, is to engage all learners by thoughtfully infusing technology in education. The 5 core Navigator teachers spent considerable time during the early phases of this grant looking for the perfect tech integration model. We traveled to Maine (twice), attended workshops, researched, visited Vermont
What we did find, however, were pieces from each inquiry that we used to build a foundation we feel works well for our students. Some of our key components have included: a carefully planned laptop role-out, the creation of two technology-rich expeditionary learning units, and the adoption of a multi-dimensional student management system. As important as these three elements have been, the one most vital to success has been "student voice". We have worked hard to involve students in the planning and reflection stages and we know that our efforts are paying off because our students consistently tell us so.
The work of our students has been featured by local and even national media over the last year:
EdWeek Article: "Navigating the Path to Personalized Learning"
We hope that you will consider visiting our school on May 25th. The EMS community is very excited to share our work and to get ideas from you about how we can continue to move forward.
The Navigator Team