In order to prepare for the 1:1 classroom, teachers were provided technology training ahead of time. This training included integrating tools and technology resources into the curriculum. Summer technology training sessions included topics such as using My Big Campus (the BCSC learning management system), Apple applications in math and language arts, and integration ideas.
Training sessions were conducted for all students during the first days of school to orient them with the laptops, Mac operating system and My Big Campus use. Information sessions were offered to parents prior to school’s start. They were also invited to attend a session using the My Big Campus parent portal.
My Big Campus allows students and teachers to share classroom resources. The teachers communicate classroom information through announcements or the student e-mail provided. Classroom resources are available for the students to download and access on their computer, such as notes, videos and worksheets. The students also receive and submit assignments and assessments through My Big Campus. According to Lynch, “The information available to students in all classes has increased dramatically. Aside from having a calendar with instant access to every due date in every class, and the ability to message their teachers at any moment with any concern and/or question they may have, they have access to a multitude of resources in every class.
Many teachers, along with their normal assignments, post educational animations/videos to aid in understanding, and some teachers record lectures so students can review concepts again using flip instruction.”
Parents are able to log into My Big Campus to access information regarding class assignments and communications. Parent access to PowerSchool provides the parents with information about grades and attendance.
Visitors walking down BHS and BMS halls will find enhanced teaching and learning experiences because of the addition of the laptops. Lynch notes, “Aside from the obvious reduction in paper; the laptops help students stay better informed and organized. In the classroom you will find students using the laptops to research information, type notes or reports; completing and submitting assignments electronically; and watching instructional videos. They also communicate, collaborate with classmates and manage their activities and homework electronically.”