On Friday, February 24, ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Board members visited Felicita School. ISTE promotes the advancement of technology in teaching and learning. They were interested in seeing Felicita’s K-5 1:1 iPod program, especially the primary program. Organized by CUE (Computer-Using Educators) Executive Director, Mike Lawrence, the board members were from all over the United States with one member, Tony Brandenburg, coming from Australia. Also in attendance was Cynthia Sistek-Chandler, President of SDCUE (San Diego Computer-Using Educators).
Principal Kathy Morris and Technology Integration Specialist Krystle Miller welcomed the Board members and shared Felicita’s story and the exciting journey to becoming a 1:1 iPod school. The group visited 4 classrooms, Elvi Mackintosh - 3rd grade, Tammy Villalobos - Kinder, Brenda Heil – Kinder, and Paul Erickson – 5th grade. Highlights of the visits include Discovery Education differentiated videos and quizzes on the iPods in 3rd grade, Puppet Pals for fictional narrative writing and QR codes in Kinder, small group instruction and independent use of iPods for sight words and math practice in Kinder, and a classroom piloting Khan Academy online for math intervention and practice in 5th grade. All were impressed at how Felicita students used technology to help them learn!