TOLER, Ky. – As part of a state and county wide initiative, fifth grade students at Southside Elementary have incorporated the One to One Google Classroom in their daily curriculum.
Jill Maynard, Principal at Southside Elementary said, “Each student has a Google chrome notebook that they use for instruction and assessment. We are in the process of purchasing additional chrome books so our second grade can be One to One, also. It’s a very exciting time in education!”
Each student carries the Google notebook with them throughout the day.
Clayton Potter, Technical Director for Pike County Schools, described the Google Classroom as, “a new platform for teaching that is easy to use.” Potter continued saying, “The teachers found it, we helped them implement it and the state has assisted with the process.”
Sammy Maynard, a fifth grade teacher at Southside, discussed the benefits that the Google classroom has offered students. “Things that I previously did on the board, I was only able to do one at a time, now they can all do it. Students can go at their own pace since they all have the same technology,” Maynard said.
Maynard feels that the Google Classroom has had an impact on science instruction. “In terms of data and research, it has opened up what I can do with them. At the same time, they can practice using 21st Century skills such as using Microsoft Office.”
“It has been eye opening for all of us,” Maynard continued.
Tammy Jones, another fifth grade teacher at Southside Elementary explained that it has helped y with grading and providing differentiated instruction. “The students can log on and take assessments and it grades them and provides data that tells me where they rank. It also provides more questions for students that are struggling,” Jones said. “I feel blessed to have this resource. Google Classroom is awesome,” Jones continued.
Jones also explained that the Google Classroom has helped with student engagement. “They are more intent on their lessons,” Jones said.
However, teachers must be prepared in the event that students are unable to connect with their technology such as an internet outage. “With all technology, there are glitches. We have to have a backup plan,” Jones explained.
Students discussed their experience in being a part of the Google Classroom. TaKara May, a fifth grade student in Mrs. Jones’ class said, “I think it is a nice experience. It is nice to be able to be in this century and be able to use the technology that goes with it.”
Taylor Adkins, a fifth grade student in Mr. Maynard’s class said, “I think it is better that we can do it separate instead of as a class. It keeps us on track.”
Suzanna Williamson, also a student in Mr. Maynard’s class explained that it helps the environment. “I think it has made a big change because we don’t have to waste paper anymore. It saves nature too,” Williamson said.
Jeremy Thacker in Mrs. Jones’ classroom, said, “It is much faster to find what we need. Plus, being able to carry it to every class makes it easier.”
Amanda Booth, another student in Mrs. Jones’ class said, “It is easier because we know where to find everything and don’t have to search through papers anymore.”
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter at the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)