Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Sharing Screens All over the Classroom: Val Verde Unified School District Uses Mobile Hardware and Software to Keep Students and Teachers on the Same Page

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Sharing Screens All over the Classroom: Val Verde Unified School District Uses Mobile Hardware and Software to Keep Students and Teachers on the Same Page

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In the midst of the digital transformation of Val Verde Unified School District (CA), Michael McCormick faced a familiar problem. The assistant superintendent for education services wanted his district's classrooms to have interactive displays, but he was "not a fan of the electronic whiteboard" because it "tethers a teacher to the front of the classroom." His first step was to give teachers iPads, allowing them to roam the room. Then, to help Val Verde's teachers connect with students and push content to LCD projectors, the district chose the Splashtop Classroom system.

The system is device-agnostic, so teachers armed with iPads can share screens with students working on both the Asus Transformers that the district has deployed in kindergarten and first grade and the Chromebooks that second- through 12th-graders use. Teachers use the system to annotate presentations, and can save their annotated versions as separate files. Splashtop also allow them to access students' devices from their iPads.

Students, in turn, can annotate over lesson content directly from their mobile devices. McCormick said students often use the system to complete worksheets in class. The pedagogical goal for McCormick was to allow his teachers, who had been "rushing to independent practice, to focus on guided practice."

According to Matthew Penner, Val Verde's director of information and instructional technology and CCTO, an unintended positive consequence of rolling out Splashtop Classroom was that teachers now use the system to take electronic attendance. …

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