As students and teachers came back to school this week at the Tuckahoe Union Free School District, they were ready for the changes that had taken place over the summer. After inspiring opening remarks by Board of Education President Julio Urbina, Superintendent Dr. Barbara Nuzzi shared some of the district goals for the upcoming year.
Amber Klebanoff, assistant manager for learning technologies, and I were fortunate to have an opportunity to speak about the significant technology changes during these opening day ceremonies. This year the district has rolled out a technology for all initiative which puts a class set of Chromebooks in every grade 3-5 classroom and provides every grade 6-12 student with a Chromebook which they take home with them at the end of the day.
Teachers participated in professional development sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, and by the time students came back to school on Thursday, more than 80% had created Google Classrooms for their classes and created a first assignment for students. With Google Classsroom, teachers no longer have to navigate the often detailed and time consuming elements necessary to provide online collaborations; these are now handled through the Google Classroom service. Teachers are able to spend their time doing what they do best; providing rich and engaging learning opportunities for their students.