When all junior high students (grades 7-8) walk through school doors carrying iPads next August (2015), teachers want to be prepared. Last Thursday’s professional learning day gave them an opportunity to move in that direction. as all junior high faculty participated in the HSE21 1:1 JH Kick-Off Day. Approximately 175 teachers and administrators met at Riverside Junior High and spent the day listening, assessing, collaborating, and learning.
The day began with speakers from neighboring Noblesville Schools, who discussed their shift in instruction and recent iPad roll out. A panel of HSE pilot teachers and intermediate school faculty, having already experienced 1:1 classrooms, then answered questions about what they’ve learned along the way.All junior high teachers assessed their personal and departmental professional development needs for the coming year, and each department developed a plan to ensure preparedness. In the afternoon, teachers gathered in small groups to learn more about digital tools such as Google Drive and Blackboard, HSE’s learning management system.
HSE21 signifies a major shift in the way teaching and learning happens–from lecture-based, teacher-centric to problem-based inquiry learning that is student-driven. HSE faculty, all life-long learners, are on an inquiry journey to a new era in education. And the primary benefactors, wonderfully, are our students.