Magazine article Technology & Learning

Practice Not Preaching

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Practice Not Preaching

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Administrators in Hall County (GA) schools bought into the idea of technology-enabled curriculum strategies not because of the promise but because of results. "Our philosophy around technology is twofold: how can we use technology to help our kids meet Georgia performance standards, and how can we help our teachers," says David Moody, director of elementary schools. "We continue to have conversations around how to better leverage the technology that we've adopted."

One of its elementary schools served as the pilot site in 2006-2007 for Lexia Learning, a software program that helps teach primary reading skills at the learner's ability level. The pilot proved a success, and it rolled out to all Title I schools the next academic year and the remainder of the district's 21 elementary schools during the 2008-09 year. Last year, 60% of district pupils were reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade (50% of the district's 26,000 students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, and 19% of students speak a second language at home).

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The Hall County district also uses videoconferencing for meetings, staff development, and student development and plans to make greater use of the technology this year. …

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