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Chatfield School Board discusses technology integration


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

By Mitchell Walbridge

The Chatfield School Board met Monday, May 20 for its regular monthly meeting. Many items were discussed before school adjourns for the summer.

The board heard from the district’s new activity director Dan Schindler who is currently from the North Branch Area Public School System. Schindler has an abundance of coaching experience and is expected to fit in well in Chatfield’s athletic and activity programs. After an interview process Schindler was appointed to the position. He introduced himself to the rest of the board during the meeting saying that he’s excited for the opportunity to work with the coaches.

Schindler will continue to work at North Branch for two years as their district runs on a four day school week. He will return on Friday evenings and spend the weekends and Mondays in Chatfield for the next two years. He plans to move to Chatfield with his family in the coming years.

Another important item on the agenda was discussion about Chatfield’s 1:1 Mobile Devices technology program. Teachers and fourth to eighth grade students will be utilizing new technology in the next school year. Fourth through sixth graders will receive an Ipad Mini while seventh and eighth grade students will be working with Android devices.

Younger students will also be provided with devices. Each kindergarten classroom will have 4 Ipads and each first through third grade class will receive a set of 30 Ipads. The school will be implementing training for teachers to get maximum results with the use of the new technology.

The SAMR Model will be used to have teachers evaluate their lessons. The SAMR Model follows four steps: substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition. There will be training in the summer. Fourth through sixth grade teachers will have three days of training while seventh and eighth grade instructors will do 1.5 days.

The board passed several consent items including the resignations of art club advisor and speech coach Kelly Pruent, gifted and talented instructors Jayna Harstad and Tim Hebrink, English instructor Stacy Hogberg, and business instructor Art Gust.

The next board meeting is scheduled for June 17 at 7:00pm.

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