(Berkeley USD) The Technology Teacher Leaders from all 14 Elementary and Middle Schools did an amazing job of soliciting teacher and staff input on the instructional technology tools which are found to be most valuable to teaching and learning. For our Spring 2018 Technology survey we had over 70% participation district-wide with four sites at over 80% participation. We truly value the input of everyone who took the time to respond to our survey and want to publish the results of what we learned.
Our survey focused both on technology tools that have the greatest impact on teaching and learning and the types of professional development that have been most valuable in support of technology integration.
For 3rd-5th grade teachers, the tools that most impact teaching and learning are: Flocabulary, Tales2Go, Typing Club, and Zearn. Other frequently mentioned ones were Desmos, Front Row, IXL, Newsela, Raz Kids and ST Math. One 3rd grade teacher reported, “Tales2go allows my students… to have access to books that are slightly above their reading level. It also… keeps my more distracted readings in a book for a longer period of time. And for those families that do not have parents who can read to them in English, this is a great opportunity for them to hear fluent reading.”
There was some overlap with middle school teachers whose top four tools were: Desmos, Flocabulary, Newsela, and ST Math. Other 6th-8th grade notables were IXL, Pear Deck and Tales2Go.
We so appreciate the time everyone took to complete the survey and and principals and Technology Teacher Leaders for administering and ensuring that such a high percentage of staff voices were heard. Funding is tight for next year and knowing what each site’s priorities are is extremely helpful as we evaluate which technology tools we are able to support through professional development and ongoing funding.
Author: Berkeley Unified School District
Publish Date: 4.25.2018