E-Connections 2013-2014

  • Integrating 1:1 iPad use at the fifth-grade level

    During the 2013-14 school year, fifth-grade teachers Julie Langley, Marisa LeVeque and Mark Headlee at West Mercer took part in a 1:1 iPad pilot designed to assess the readiness of fifth-grade classrooms to incorporate iPads into the curriculum.

    Students learn to communicate using PowerPoint and Green Screen technology

    This week's E-Connection demonstrates how Mercer Island educators are preparing students to communicate in the digital economy. At MIHS, Applied Technology instructor Shasta Ray teaches her students how to use technology tools to increase impact of their presentations.

    IMS 8th graders explore science assignments using 21st century technology tools

    8th grade science students create extensive projects that integrate the use of iPads to facilitate personalized and portable learning.

    Lakeridge Reading Rainbow: First graders use opinion writing to convince others to read their favorite books

    At Lakeridge Elementary, first grade teachers worked with the district’s teachers on special assignment (TOSA) to incorporate digital media in an end-of-unit showcase about opinion writing (formerly persuasive writing).

    Learning to publish to a global audience

    Elementary students are learning to share their own knowledge and experiences with an online global audience by building websites.

    Preparing students for a digital world with internet-based research skills

    The internet has changed the way we access information, often being the first and only stop for student researchers. While there is a lot of information on the internet, some of it is poorly produced and some is deliberately misleading. Learn how elementary students are becoming discerning internet researchers.

    Bringing history to life at West Mercer

    They weren't wearing powdered wigs, waistcoats or knee breeches, but honorable delegates representing 12 of the 13 American colonies convened at West Mercer Elementary this month.

    Purposeful Conversation: Using the Voicethread App for iPad

    A picture may be worth a thousand words, but those thousand words will always differ depending on who you ask. That’s why Mercer Island High School teachers Ed Puchalla and Rob Wick leveraged available technology to help their students share their own “thousand words” with each other. 

    Preparing our youngest students for a digital world through an introduction to coding

    Preparing students for a digital economy is a core piece of the district’s Vision 2020 that drives the instructional program. That includes preparing students for potential careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Our elementary students are being introduced to computer coding through a fun computer game.

    Bringing a solutions-oriented outlook to global issues

    Global awareness is critical to student learning as communication technology platforms make the world smaller and any innovator from any part of the world can impact the economy. At Islander Middle School, Jan Brousseau’s Global Citizenship class proactively engages with global issues to promote that awareness.
    In the Mercer Island School District, technology is leveraged to improve learning and develop digital literacy for students in an increasingly digital economy.
    See students in Donna Johnston’s 8th grade math class transform learning by watching her recorded lectures at home in the evening and working through concepts during classroom time when they have better access to her to ask questions, allowing her to better individualize learning.

    A commitment by students to end bullying

    October is National Bullying Month, and while preventing bullying, harassment and intimidation is a year-round effort, Mercer Island High School (MIHS) students have taken this month to engage in lessons, discussions and activities raising awareness of bullying and helping students to better identify it.
    It’s a Wednesday afternoon and students are seated in Donna Johnston’s 8th grade math class at Islander Middle School, but they aren’t listening to her give a lecture on finding square roots of numbers, classifying geometric figures or looking for trends in data. In fact, they will not be listening to any lecture in class today.