EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

HALB IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY AND 21ST CENTURY LEARNING.

We have designed innovative systems to harness the power of educational technology and inspire our students to think in creative and collaborative ways.

  • HAIKU LEARNING
    HAIKU LEARNING

    From preschool to high school, all across HALB, we use one platform, the Haiku LMS. The Haiku Learning Management System is a digital hub between the teachers, students and community. Haiku provides our students with a digital view into their classrooms. It is a place where students, parents and teachers can all collaborate. Using a learning management system helps students’ remain efficient and organized inside and outside the classroom. It enables teachers and students to interact on a deeper level about the coursework. Haiku integrates seamlessly with Google Apps for Education. Together, these 2 programs allow for teachers to differentiate instruction, facilitate blended learning “flip the classroom”, and online virtual discussions.

    The Haiku Learning Advantage:

    ◆ Centralizes the learning environment to ensure consistency throughout each students’ courses.

    ◆ Reduces physical paper load — assignments can be handed-in online.

    ◆ Students have access to classroom materials

    ◆ Provides a platform for videos and screencasts that teachers create to “flip” their classrooms or to review course material.

    ◆ Uses dynamic features, such as automatically graded assessments, interactive discussion boards, and digitally graded and annotated assignments.

    ◆ Provides one central hub for class pictures and class calendar, announcements, teacher-parent communication.

    ◆ Integrates seamlessly with Google.

    ◆ Helps promote student organization, responsibility, and accountability.

  • 2 SIGMA EDUCATION
    2 SIGMA EDUCATION

    There is no better way to learn than one-on-one instruction. 

    Educational research has repeatedly shown that one-on-one instruction is the best learning method for improving student outcomes, focus, and confidence. The most-cited educational study on the topic, led by Benjamin Bloom of the University of Chicago, concluded that students receiving one-on-one instruction perform two standard deviations better than students in a traditional classroom.

    However, given the constraints of traditional classrooms and resources, one-on-one instruction is virtually impossible. 

    Using the 2 Sigma Education model, teachers can spend over 80% of their teaching time in individual or small group settings.

    The 2 Sigma model achieves a high level of one-on-one instruction - without additional staff - in three ways: 

    1.  Optimization of teacher and student time
    2. Proven, personalized learning software
    3. Real-time tracking of student progress

    The 2 Sigma model has already been implemented in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade, with 4th and 5th Grades in development.

     

  • BLENDED LEARNING
    BLENDED LEARNING

    Blended learning is an educational model in which students learn through both the online delivery of content and instruction for a portion of the day. To improve learning and maximize instructional time, students alternate in a rotation: engaging with teachers, with peers, and with online content tailored to their learning pace and progress. Students with similar instructional needs are grouped together based on data collected and analyzed from the students’ time learning on the computer. A blended learning program enables teachers to deliver customized, differentiated small group instruction and regularly review student progress.

    What Is the Goal of Blended Learning?

    • To personalize learning through employing today’s technology

    • To expand learning opportunities in the context of the Common Core (State Standards) and other emerging standards

    • To promote the right combination of “high tech” and “traditional” teaching methods in order to achieve the best individualized student outcomes

    Blended learning will improve our academic curriculum by combining high-quality online education programming with great classroom teaching.

    This combination will benefit our students and teachers in several important ways:

    Personalized Learning

    • Enables teachers to work closely with individual students as well as small groups which have similar instructional needs

    • Provides teachers with the ability to focus on each child’s individual strengths and weaknesses

    • Allows teachers to customize digital learning for each child based on his/her aptitude and ability

    Engaging Instruction

    • Promotes greater student productivity

    • Learning is more interesting for students

    • Utilizes technology to motivate hard to reach students

    • Creates the platform to provide multiple learning strategies

    Progress Assessment

    • Provides more accurate assessments of student progress in key areas of phonemic awareness, emergent reading, and math

    • Enables teachers to track each child’s progress and assign appropriate class work as well as send home individualized instructional resources (to allow children to advance at their own level)

    • Allows children to develop greater independent learning skills

  • CHROMEBOOKS
    CHROMEBOOKS

    Our school uses a number of Chromebook carts in every classroom.

    The following are some of the ways the teachers can integrate Chromebooks into the learning environment.

    Guided Research:

    Teachers can bring the computer lab to their classroom.

    The students can now do online research in the classroom.

    This can be done in planning a big research paper or for a stand alone essay.

    In-Class Assessments: 

    Haiku and Socrative are two popular tools that have easy to use assessment features.

    Bringing a cart of Chromebooks into the classroom allows our staff to assess each student either throughout the flow of the lesson or at the conclusion of the lesson.

    Students Can Create Presentations: 

    Students can display their mastery of their learning by creating Google Presentations Prezis.

    This is a chance to give students the ability to use their creative talents while showing their understanding of the lesson.

  • iPads
    iPads

    The iPad: Integrating Curriculum and Technology

    Using computing technology is nothing new to classroom learning at HALB.

    Our school employs a number of Chromebook carts, laptop carts, and SMART Boards throughout the building spanning all academic disciplines. However, we have witnessed a continued rise in the need for personal computing devices in our classrooms. HALB is taking this step in order to enlarge the repertoire of teaching and learning tools available to our students and teachers. Based upon our research of cost, simplicity of use, and application considerations, we have determined that ideal device is the iPad. With the iPad, the 1:1 Program brings a variety of exciting and Tablet devices offer an infinite number of learning applications for our students. At its most basic level, the iPad tablet can become a content delivery device for academic course resources such as e-textbooks, iBooks, teacher-generated handouts, maps, articles, and audio/video files; it can also serve as the student’s notebook and homework organizer. In addition to seamless integration with the Haiku Learning Management System (LMS), even the most simple iPad functions can assist students significantly in daily course preparation, class work organization, and homework.

    With iPads, our classroom materials go way beyond the classroom walls. We have access to over 80,000 educational apps, interactive books on every subject, speeches, virtual tours, and videos from experts and institutions around the world.

    Students don’t just watch, listen, or read with iPad — they create with it. Free with every iOS device, Photos, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers and Keynote turn every assignment into something big. A photo documentary. A multimedia presentation. A riveting research project. Suddenly, the work they need to do becomes work they want to do — on a device they love to use.

    Everyone learns differently. With just a few taps, we can customize our students’ iPad with materials that fit their level and learning style. For students who learn best by listening, we can download a podcast from iTunes U on Newton’s laws of motion. And for those who learn through tactile interaction, we'll find an app that lets them shoot arrows at a target. The wide range of content across subjects and grades also makes it easy to tailor iPad for students at a variety of learning levels. 

     

  • i-Ready
    i-Ready
     i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction was built for the Common Core. It provides the data-driven insights that classroom teachers and school and district administrators need to determine exactly where to focus their instructional time to ensure all students are on track to meet these more rigorous expectations and to succeed on the accompanying assessments.
     
    Why i-Ready?
    • Assessment and instruction reflect the increased rigor of the Common Core
    • Detailed, easy-to-read reports help educators understand what each student “Can Do” and the “Next Steps” to inform instruction
    • Student and teacher-led instruction make connections among multiple standards within and across grade levels
    • Progress monitoring assessments and lesson quizzes give students multiple opportunities to demonstrate skill mastery
    • Mobile access provides targeted skill development in the areas of reading and mathematics 
    Reading 
    • The adaptive Diagnostic covers the main Common Core domains: Phonics, Phonological Awareness, High-Frequency Words, Vocabulary, Comprehension of Literature, and Comprehension of Informational Text
    • Diagnostic includes multimedia paired passages in which students are asked to synthesize ideas from multiple sources
    • Assessment and instruction are offered for both reading comprehension of informational and literary texts
    • Online lessons provide explicit instruction on key skills across all domains, including close reading of authentic text
    • Engaging, animated characters model close reading and finding evidence within text
     
    Mathematics
    • The adaptive Diagnostic covers the main Common Core domains: Number and Operations, Algebra and Algebraic Thinking, Measurement and Data, and Geometry
    • Diagnostic questions include new technology-enhanced items
    • Assessment and instruction emphasize conceptual understanding as well as procedural fluency and reflect Common Core’s focus on rigor, relevance, and coherence
    • Tasks draw on multiple standards to ensure students are making important connections between math concepts
    • Content builds across grades and major topics are linked within grades
  • LEXIA READING CORE 3
    LEXIA READING CORE 3

    Lexia Reading Core5 provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning in the six areas of reading instruction, and delivers norm-referenced performance data and analysis without interrupting the flow of instruction to administer a test.  Designed specifically to meet the Common Core and the most rigorous state standards, this research-proven, technology-based approach accelerates reading skills development, predicts students’ year-end performance and provides teachers data-driven action plans to help differentiate instruction. 

    Lexia Reading Core5 provides students immediate corrective feedback, multiple levels of scaffolding, and explicit instruction both online and through direct instruction with the teacher.
    Students work independently to develop reading skills in a structured, sequential manner with a focus on:

    • Foundational skills to develop automaticity and fluency
    • Listening and reading comprehension with complex text
    • Academic and domain-specific vocabulary to improve comprehension

    Each student follows a personalized learning path, with adaptive placement and pacing in activities designed specifically for the Common Core and the most rigorous state standards.

    Teachers are provided data-driven action plans—unique to each student—that are simple to interpret and drive differentiated instruction.

    Within the first month of use, teachers will know each student's probability of meeting end-of-year, grade-level benchmarks, and will receive the recommended resources and intensity of instruction necessary to change the trajectory for at-risk students.

    Teachers can focus on instruction—without having to stop to administer a test—by using the program's norm-referenced, embedded assessment and Common Core progress monitoring.

  • ST MATH FLUENCY
    ST MATH FLUENCY

    ST Math instructional software is designed to help all students reach math proficiency through self-paced, language-independent, mastery-based objectives. It is closely aligned to state and Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and integrates with core instruction. ST Math games use interactive, graphically-rich animations that visually represent mathematical concepts to improve conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills. Through a 1:1 scaffolded learning environment, games gradually increase in difficulty and provide immediate feedback. ST Math features embedded assessments, detailed reporting of student learning patterns and whiteboard integration. Teacher-guided instruction integrating ST Math software activities in the classroom rounds out MIND’s blended learning model. In addition to accessing the software on desktop or laptop computers, teachers and students can access ST Math on supported tablets, enabling anywhere, anytime learning. With touch functionality, ST Math further immerses students in a richly interactive, hands-on and gesture-based learning experience.

  • NWEA MAP
    NWEA MAP
  • READING EGGS
    READING EGGS

    Reading Eggs was created by a highly experienced team of elementary school teachers, writers and developers to help children become fluent and proficient readers. The multi-award winning early learning resource supports your child’s learning to read journey with carefully designed online reading games and activities that are easy to follow, self-paced, and highly engaging for young learners.

    The science behind learning to read

    The reason why over 91% of parents report a noticeable improvement in their child’s reading skills after using Reading Eggs is because the program is based on solid scientific research.Using the five essential keys to reading success, the program unlocks all aspects of learning to read for your child, focusing on a core curriculum of phonics and phonemic awareness, sight words, vocabulary, comprehension, and reading for meaning.

    From the very first lesson, children are motivated and excited to learn. And the journey continues over hundreds of online reading lessons and thousands of wonderful e-books, guiding and motivating your child at every step of the way.

    The five essential keys to reading success:

    1. Phonemic awareness

    The ability to hear and manipulate the different sounds in words.

    Children develop phonemic awareness by learning about sounds (phonemes), syllables and words. Reading Eggs teaches phonemic awareness using a sequential series of skill-building activities that increase sound awareness.

    From the earliest lessons in Reading Eggs, your child will learn to recognize rhyme, match letters and sounds, and listen to how sounds work to make words.

    2. Phonics

    Recognizing the connection between letters and the sounds they make.

    Phonics is the process of mapping the sounds in words to written letters. This is a very important reading skill that all children need, and features constantly throughout the Reading Eggs program.

    Your child will learn how to decode words into sounds and encode sounds into wordswhen they write and spell. This all happens within a wide range of activities that feel like games, to keep your child interested and engaged as they practice. Each lesson ends with a book matched to your child’s current ability, which lets them enjoy the thrill of reading on their own.

    3. Vocabulary

    Understanding the meaning of words, their definitions, and their context.

    Having an ever increasing vocabulary is a fundamental part of academic success. The more words we know, the better we are at reading and understanding the texts that we read.

    Reading Eggs increases the number of words your child understands and uses as part of their working vocabulary. Your child will be introduced to new words throughout the Reading Eggs lessons with visual supports to provide context and boost retention levels.

    4. Reading Comprehension

    Understand the meaning of text – both in story books and information books.

    Great readers are involved in the stories they read. They imagine the characters and the adventures they have. They think about what is happening and they share the emotional journey of the book’s characters.

    In nonfiction books, great readers gain new information, increase their vocabulary and link what they read with other sources of information to deepen their levels of understanding of new topics and concepts. This all shows that the reader has a full and rich comprehension of the texts they read. This is a complex skill that requires time and practice to develop fully.

    To build active reading comprehension skills, Reading Eggs uses activities that scaffold your child’s understanding with a wide range of pre-reading activities to ignite their thinking. They will progress from learning words and their meanings to reading for meaning, moving from learning to read to reading to learn.

    5. Fluency

    The ability to read aloud with speed, understanding and accuracy.

    Many skills build reading fluency. These include good phonic decoding skills, an increasing bank of high frequency words recognized at sight, and the amount of time children spend reading books at an appropriate level. The more children read, the better they are at understanding and reading with speed and accuracy.

    Fluency is crucial for children as they build their reading skills. Reading Eggs achieves this through instructional activities that build children’s reading stamina. Just like any exercise program where your fitness increases over time, reading is a skill that needs time, effort and regular practice.

    Reading Eggs makes this easy with a comprehensive program that takes your child from being a non-reader, all the way through to reading long chapter books. The depth of the program means that your child can continue their journey for as long as they need. Reading Eggs enables children to learn to read, and then helps them improve by building real, long term reading skills, empowering them to become lifelong readers and learners.

  • Pearson’s SuccessNet
    Pearson’s SuccessNet

    Pearson’s New SuccessNet Plus Puts Teachers in the Driver’s Seat with a Fully Loaded Engine for Curriculum, Classroom Administration, and Assessment

    SuccessNet offers the unique combination of:

    • Ready-to-use and customizable curriculum to meet class, school and district needs
    • Formative, ongoing, and benchmark assessments integrated throughout curriculum to automatically inform and tailor instruction
    • Fully integrated planning and tracking tools that simplify understanding students’ needs and informing decision-making.

    Through SuccessNet Plus, teachers can tailor their instruction by rearranging and editing individual content items within comprehensive Pearson curriculum programs or by adding school, third-party, and self-created content and open educational resources (OER). Such flexibility lets teachers meet district guidelines, while paying attention to their specific classroom needs and teaching styles. Because the platform lets teachers upload a variety of materials, modify existing content, or even integrate resources created by a district administrator, curriculums can be completely customized.

    In addition, classroom-based assessments are embedded alongside instruction within SuccessNet Plus to help teachers inform learning and remediation. The online platform helps teachers automatically deliver content at the appropriate difficulty level for each student based on the outcomes of these integrated assessments, going as far as to provide leveled lessons and personal study plans that are available at the click of a button.

    The platform’s digital tools, such as integrated scheduling options and “drag and drop” assignment tools, enable teachers to save time on administrative and planning tasks and spend more time where it matters most – educating students.

  • Khan Academy
    Khan Academy

    Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. It covers math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. 

    The Academy’s declared mission is “changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.” 

    Khan Academy users can maintain records of their progress. Through the website, teachers can also monitor the progress of students who are using the site. In pilot experiments, schools are using a concept called “flipping the classroom,” which involves students watching the Khan Academy lectures at home and then using classroom time for exercise and testing. In this model, the teacher’s role is changed from lecturer to tutor and progress monitor.

  • BrainPop
    BrainPop

    In classrooms, on mobile devices, and at home, BrainPOP engages students through animated movies, learning games, interactive quizzes, primary source activities, concept mapping, and more. They cover topics within Science, Math, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Music, Health, Reading, and Writing. The content is carefully mapped to the Common Core, and aligned to academic standards.

    BrainPOP can be used in traditional, blended, and "flipped" learning settings, supporting individual, team, and whole-class learning. At school and in more informal learning environments, our characters help introduce new topics and illustrate complex concepts. 

  • Discovery Education
    Discovery Education

    Discovery Education accelerates school districts' digital transition through comprehensive standards-based content, professional development, formative assessment, and community engagement proven to positively impact student achievement.

    Discovery Education Techbook™

    A digital textbook series, built from scratch for today's learners and current standards, engages students with dynamic, multimodal content and an inquiry approach. Employing the latest techniques in formative learning, data, and motivation, Techbook includes robust professional development to ensure success with digital transition.

    Discovery Education Streaming Plus

    A ground-breaking cross-curricular resource designed to simultaneously engage students and provide educators with instructional support to implement the Common Core State Standards. Thousands of learning objects, tools, and assessment activities encourage student content creation, critical thinking, and collaboration.

    Engagement Programs

    Discovery Education partners with like-minded organizations around the world to create a broad range of free classroom and family learning resources that complement and extend learning beyond the bell.

    Discovery Education's Engagement Programs deliver dynamic tools and experiences in traditionally under-funded areas such as STEM, financial literacy, environmental education, health & wellness, life skills, and college & workforce readiness.