Instructional Technology in Harrisonburg City Public Schools
Our mission is increase access to learning by all students by providing technology-rich environments, professional development for staff on effective integration, and both administrative and instructional support. Technology empowers teachers to engage students and provide opportunities for communication and collaboration that can maximize the instructional process and thereby supports the mission of Harrisonburg City Public Schools - where learning has no limits and together we work for success of all.
New Resource for Teachers from VDOE: TeacherDirect is designed to establish a direct line of communication with classroom teachers and educators. The goal of TeacherDirect is to provide a way to share new instructional resources created by VDOE staff as well as make teachers aware of professional development and grant opportunities, and other information of special interest to teachers and their students.
Technology Bright Spots
- After learning that the song, "Happy Birthday" is copyrighted, Barbara Jenkins had her students write their own birthday song and then used use GarageBand to add their own instruments to create a song for them to use instead of using the copyright version.
- Julie Shiflet and Jackie Funkhouser’s students at THMS are using Khan Academy to help individualize instruction.
- Fifth graders in Jeff Peake and Alexis Rutt's classes at SKMS learned about plate tectonics using Google Earth on the big screen in the Auditorium. The students were amazed when they saw just how many earthquakes occur around the Pacific rim everyday!
- Spotswood students help manage the school's iPad lab. One group of students helps to get the iPads to the classes in the morning and another group checks to make sure all iPads have been returned and are plugged in to be charged.
- Skyline Middle School received a $2,000 VA Star grant to assist with their program in which technology classes refurbish computers for local families.
- Ms. Nelson led the lesson with Ms. Sutlif's Earth Science Class using Story Kit, a free app that allows kids to edit and customize some old, classic picture books, and also create their own books from scratch. Students had to define their assigned terms, add pictures and create a StoryKit project.