16 Feb 2016

Here's what's happening in tech integration! Last week students from Pearson 6th Grade Center and West Junior High and Kindergarten teachers from Jackson and Sun Path presented to parents, teachers, and community members at the Referendum Update Open House to demonstrate ways we are using technology to enhance student learning. Middle level students gave live demonstrations about using green screens, collecting data in science class, coding, programming, and using Notability and Canvas. K teachers presented Osmo, Book Creator, and Seesaw to illustrate creative and innovative uses of iPads in K-1 classrooms across the district. It was an exciting night for students to demonstrate 21st Century learning in Shakopee! Read the January 2016 Special Edition CommUNITY newsletter for a Referendum Update.

Here are more highlights:

  • Pearson students are using HSTRY to create Civil War timelines.
  • 7th grade science students at West JH are starting genius hour explorations.
  • Kindergartners at Eagle Creek and Sun Path used Book Creator for Project Lead the Way science projects on body structures and functions. 
  • Sweeney 1st grade teachers are appsmashing without reservation, using the camera app, DoInk, and Seesaw to finalize a reader's theater green screen project.
  • Kindergartens recorded videos retelling stories (Red Oak) and explaining the writing process (Jackson). 
  • West Junior High counselors and school psychologist rolled out a student support course in Canvas.

Read the latest Catching Creativity for details, photos, and videos. 

07 Feb 2014



How creative can 1 teacher with 1 iPad be?  Check out this out-of-the gate project by Sara Connell, 1st grade teacher at Sun Path Elementary.  After being awarded a grant, she purchased an iPad and a green screen, and let the creativity take over!

Her kids have been researching a country that has participants in the Winter Olympics.  They each worked on a sheet with questions about their country with their parents at home.  Sara decided that she was going to record their presentations with the iPad while they were standing in front of the green screen.  She was AMAZED at how well they did!


Read Sara's blog here for the full details about how this project came to fruition.

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