Integration of Technology


Students are engaged in a challenging curriculum that uses technology as a tool to increase focus on inquiry-based, hands-on learning. The Educational Technology Office supports teachers and students in developing the life-long learning skills necessary to have a positive impact on society. Technology will support this development by refining students' creative thinking skills, enabling effective communication, and fostering creativity.

Teachers use technology to engage students in achieving the high academic state curriculum standards and to increase students' skills in critical and creative thinking: problem solving, collaborating, and applying knowledge in new and real-world situations. Teachers acquire ongoing and continuous professional development in the use and integration of technology to effectively help students attain these high standards.

Please look below to see a number of digital and physical technological resources used in the school.

Digital Subscriptions, Applications, and Software

 
 
Rediker is a software company which offers multiple solutions to ensure successful school management. Administrator's Plus is a cloud-based PK-12 student information system that helps manage data, maximize student success, and communicate with parents and families. Administrator's Plus is seamlessly integrated with the TeacherPlus Gradebook and the cafeteria point-of-sale system QSP 4, creating a complete, secure online solution for school management.
 
 
The SWIS Suite is a confidential web-based information system to collect, summarize, and use student behavior data for decision making.  It is utilized in the school's Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) system.
 
 
SchoolMessenger is an electronic notification system. It allows the district and the Sterling Community School to send important voice-recorded phone, text, and/or e-mail notifications to our extended school community concerning necessary information.  The notifications can be emergency alerts, weather related delays/closings, reminders of important changes to the school day, and messages about special or significant events.
 
 

The G-Suite for Education is a core suite of productivity applications that Google offers to schools and educational institutions for free. These communication and collaboration apps include Calendar, Drive, Docs, Photos, Classroom and more, and a Google account unlocks access to dozens of other collaborative tools supported by Google. All of these applications exists completely online (or in the cloud), meaning that all creations can be accessed from any device with an Internet connection.

 
 

aimswebPlus is the leading assessment and Response to Intervention (RTI) solution in school today—a complete web-based solution for universal screening, progress monitoring, and data management for Grades K-12. It provides guidance to administrators and teachers based on accurate, continuous, and direct student assessment.  It helps school administrators demonstrate tangible improvements. It helps teachers become more effective and more efficient in the classroom. Most important of all, aimswebPlus helps to create better outcomes for students. 

 
 
Journeys is a research based, common core aligned literacy program used to meet the needs of our students includes the essential five pillars of literacy instruction; phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. It utilizes online resources and assessments to help teachers and students fully engage with the materials covered within the program.
 
 
Collections is a research based, common core aligned literacy program used to develop student abilities to analyze complex texts, determine evidence, reason critically, and communicate thoughtfully. It provides a multi-faceted digital and print approach that transcends the traditional anthology and resonates with today’s students.It utilizes online resources and assessment to help teachers and students fully engage with the materials covered within the program.  
 
 
Interactive Science is a comprehensive middle school science curriculum that supports project-based inquiry and hands-on learning.  It provides new digital lessons and teaching tools for blended learning experiences that engage students and drive inquiry.
 
 
myWorld History is a social studies program from Pearson.  With innovative online, print, and activity-based resources, all students will go beyond the printed page and actively experience the world as it was and is today.  The web-based resources include access to a digital copy of the textbook, video content, interactive activities, and online forms of assessment.
 
 
America: History of Our Nation is a social studies program from Pearson/Prentice Hall.  With innovative online, print, and activity-based resources, all students will go beyond the printed page and actively experience the robust history of America.  The web-based resources include access to a digital copy of the textbook, video content, interactive activities, and online forms of assessment.
 
 
Follett's Destiny Library Manager is a library automation and management solution. Destiny Library Manager combines circulation, cataloging, searching, reporting and management in one centrally installed library software system.
 
 
Frontline IEP is a cloud based tool used to manage the individualized education programs (IEPs) of the district. It enables the filing of required state reports, compliance validations, and quality assurance checks that are central to successful and efficient program management.
 

Lexia provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning on fundamental reading skills and delivers real-time performance data without stopping to administer a test. 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 Core 5, Lexia Strategies, and Lexia RAPID Assessment are the products used in the Lexia program. 

 
 

Read Naturally Live is a cloud-based intervention for students in grades one through eight efficiently applies the research-based Read Naturally Strategy to accelerate reading achievement. Visual and auditory prompts guide students through the motivating steps to develop fluency and phonics skills, support comprehension, and improve vocabulary. Track student progress easily and use the data to differentiate instruction with Read Naturally Live.

 
 
Learning A to Z is a supplemental research-based online curriculum of resources used as reinforcement for differentiated instruction in reading, writing, vocabulary, and science for kindergarten through grade six.
 
 
Ten Marks is a supplemental web-based reinforcement tool that provides personalized online math practice and enrichment programs for first through twelfth graders using a structured approach of practice, on-demand hints, video lessons and real-time results.
 
 
Front Row is a supplemental web-based reinforcement learning program aiding students in achieving fact fluency. Fact fluency is the foundation of a student's ability to understand more complex mathematical concepts. Front Row's Fact Practice gives students a fun and engaging way to improve fact fluency. The program is adaptive, showing students questions that are their level on all four operations.
 
 
XtraMath is a supplemental web-based reinforcement program that teaches addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts which are critical to success in mathematics. Games, activities, and tests focus on helping kids develop fluency of basic math facts, in order to build a foundation for future math skills. As speed and accuracy are important elements of math fluency, games and activities focus on both.
 
 
ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) is an adaptive, online math program that uses artificial intelligence and open-response questioning to identify precisely what each student knows and doesn't know. Through truly individualized learning and assessment, ALEKS delivers a personalized learning path on the exact topics each student is most ready to learn.
 
 
Khan Academy is a supplemental web-based resource that produces short lectures in the form of YouTube videos to reinforce concepts introduced and assessed in the classroom. In addition to the video micro lectures, the organization's website features practice exercises and tools.
 
 
Duolingo is a language-learning platform that includes a language-learning website and app, as well as a digital language proficiency assessment exam.  Students utilize Duolingo as a supplemental learning tool both in their Spanish class and at home.
 
 
Quizlet is a web-based learning and memorization tool.  It offers a variety of options, including flash cards, competitive tasks, and adaptive questioning, to aid in the acquisition and retention of information important to success in classroom learning.
 
 
Co:Writer Universal is a digital word prediction tool that works in conjunction with any writing application like Microsoft Word, Web Browsers, Google Docs, Blogs, Email, and more.  Co:Writer interprets spelling and grammar mistakes and offers word suggestions in real time. 
 
 
Snap & Read Universal is a digital text reader tool that simplifies vocabulary, translates text, reads accessible and inaccessible text aloud, and captures and cites sources.
 
 
SOLO 6 is a literacy suite of the most popular assistive technology accommodations, including a text reader, graphic organizer, talking word processor, and word prediction. It simple to use, yet powerful for students who struggle to read and write. For these students, SOLO 6 places all of the right tools at their fingertips. The accommodations in SOLO put students in charge of their own learning.
 
 
Clicker 6 is the child-friendly literacy and writing toolkit that supports and enables students of all abilities and grade levels to significantly develop their literacy skills.
 
 

Physical Devices and Electronic Resources

 
 

Google Chromebooks are thin, light-weight laptops running Google's Chrome OS. These computers are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and documents living in the cloud.  Students and teachers utilize the Chromebooks to access all the benefits from our Google Apps for Education school account.  They are also used to administer state testing to the student body.  Click here to learn more about Google Chromebooks.

Apple iPads are light weight touch based tablet computers.  They are used to access student centered and collaborative academic applications, web-based content, cloud-based support programs, and other interactive digital resources. Click here to learn more about Apple iPads in an educational setting.

Windows PCs (Microsoft's operating system equipped desktop computers) are utilized by students, faculty, and staff to engage in the academic process by accessing internet based instructional tools, cloud and software based productivity programs, and digital fluency exercises.  In addition to desktops being available in classrooms, there are three computer labs equipped with Windows computers for academic instruction, research, support, and collaboration.
 

Promethean Boards are interactive whiteboard systems which grant teachers and students the capability to deliver, utilize, interact with, and tailor project-able digital content directly into the classrooms.  Designed to focus attention and provide a platform to boost the interactivity of classroom instruction, these interactive whiteboards provide the essential building blocks for any digitally connected classroom. Click here to learn more about Promethean Boards.

Integration Framework/Standards

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world.  ISTE strives for a world where all learners thrive, achieve, and contribute.  As the creator and steward of the definitive education technology standards, ISTE’s mission is to empower learners to flourish in a connected world by cultivating a passionate professional learning community, linking educators and partners, leveraging knowledge and expertise, advocating for strategic policies, and continually improving learning and teaching.  In the link below, you will find the standards Sterling Community School is using to successfully implement the ISTE framework.

Copyright © 2015 and its licensors. All rights reserved.
Website Developed By CatapultK12™.