Technology in Berthold’s Classrooms

Chromebooks are used to keep kids organized in their work.

Chromebooks are used to keep kids organized in their work.

I wanted to take the time to write a post specifically around Berthold Academy’s use of technology in the classroom from Lower Elementary (1st - 3rd Grade)  through Secondary I (6-9th Grade).  We have had many questions around what our usage of tech will look like for next year so I am hoping that this blog post can answer some of those questions!  

"Capture" an app used by students and teachers to document their work.

"Capture" an app used by students and teachers to document their work.

 Lower Elementary - Documentation and Assessment

 Documentation - In our 1st through 3rd grade classroom our students will use technology to document their work through an application called “Capture.”  Upon completion of their work, the students will grab one of our shared iPad’s in the classroom, open the “Capture” app which prompts them to sync the iPad to their PC.  The child will then hold the iPad in front of the screen and a “blip” sound will signal that the iPad is now synced with the computer.  This means whatever picture they take with the iPad will show up on their playlist card.

 What this means is that a child will not have to wait for a teacher to come and check their work before moving on to the next.  They will truly have agency in their work by moving on at their own pace and not being impeded by the environment or teacher.  This will aggregate child’s finished work into one place for our teachers making it far easier to keep track of each student’s progress and competency.  

"Playlist" an app used by students to help organize their day and manage their work.

"Playlist" an app used by students to help organize their day and manage their work.

Assessment - Berthold is using the platform to cross-correlate Montessori learner outcomes to Virginia Core Standards.  This means that every Montessori material worked with will reflect outcomes in both.  You as the parent will be able to see how each of these Montessori materials meets and exceeds the Virginia standards and your child’s progress to the day in these objectives. Teachers will able to assess students in real time by creating personal assessment questions, activities, and tools to give a full portrait of your child.  Beyond the material based assessment, teachers will have the opportunity to assess students in ways that are meaningful to them. At a progress report, a parent will go over the academic progress of a child with their teacher  then using documented work and pictures in the platform we will support their competency with what we call “stories.” Or showings and displays of academic and social emotional growth in the classroom.

 Upper Elementary and Middle School - Documentation, Assessment, Organization.

Montessori material is cross-correlated with Virginia Standards.  Teachers use outside sources like Tenmarks and Lexia to help understand the abstract concept retention in the child.

Montessori material is cross-correlated with Virginia Standards.  Teachers use outside sources like Tenmarks and Lexia to help understand the abstract concept retention in the child.

 Documentation -  Students will use the “Capture” app to document their work and turn into the teacher.  Students can also document moments or “stories” that will support their competency in all subjects. At a progress report, a parent will go over the academic progress of a child with their teacher using documented work and pictures in the platform to support their competency with what we call “stories.” Or showings and displays of academic and social-emotional growth in the classroom.

 Assessment - We use in-line assessment combined with Montessori learner outcomes to assess the child's competency.  While we as Montessori educators know our methods work, we want to make it as clear as possible for the parent that they do. 

Organization - Students will use "Playlist" to keep their work and progress organized.  Work is curated in the app and students use Google Calendar to plan each day in the morning and reflect on their plan in the afternoon. 

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