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iBelieve Initiative

Makes Presentation to Board of Education

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Representing Labadie Elementary School, from left, were Lauren Hoey, Brooke Holtmeyer, Melissa Golder, Drew Bunge and Aidan Brinkmann.

 

Technology Presentation Video

 

Melissa Golder Fourth Grade Technology

To showcase the School District of Washington’s iBelieve initiative, each month the district will invite an educator to share with the Board of Education an exciting digital activity taking place in their classroom.

 

The focus will be not only on the technology being used, but how learning is enhanced within the classroom. The educator also will be encouraged to bring students along to the meeting, which is beneficial in demonstrating the classroom activity.

 

For the Sept. 23 meeting at the Early Learning Center, the Board of Education heard from Melissa Golder, fourth-grade teacher at Labadie Elementary, and four of her students.

 

The students on hand, each of whom spoke during the presentation, were Lauren Hoey, Brooke Holtmeyer, Drew Bunge and Aidan Brinkmann.

 

“My class and I love our laptops and the opportunity to enhance student learning through technology,” Golder said. “We regularly use Linoit.com, which is a virtual ‘sticky note on a bulletin board’ site in which we collaborate and post our thoughts, writing prompts, and notes of encouragement. It also spans our curriculum, from Social Studies, Science, Language Arts and also Character Education.”

 

Schoology also has played a major role in Golder’s classroom.

 

“We also are enjoying our new Learning Management System, Schoology,” Golder said. “Students like to communicate on the discussion boards, take tests and quizzes, formulate writing responses, reply to others, link to websites, and more. They especially like that all of their subject folders are in one place.”  

 

The technology being used in the classroom has been quite an asset for student and teachers in the district.

 

“Overall, students are more engaged and tend to post their best effort because they know that their classmates are able to read their posts,” Golder said. “They also are able to work at their own pace and on their own academic level.”

 

Photos from Golder and her students' presentation at the Board of Education meeting are below.

 

Photos From Labadie's School Board Presentation

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