Dozier's "Eye on Tech" Corner

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Dozier Elementary’s Vision for iPads

As new technologies emerge on the horizon each year, Dozier Elementary is always interested new equipment which can broaden student learning at their school.

With the help of area businesses, grants and donations, the school has managed to attain new classroom computers, mobile computer labs, Promethean Boards, cameras and more since they began their “Eye on Technology” campaign in 2009.

With a new vision in mind, the school leaders Karla Toups, Natalie Hebert and the school’s technology team are now making an attempt to bring iPads into the classrooms within the next three years.  In fact so much so, the school has already done its homework on this particular topic and started the process.

During the spring, the school unveiled a unique website focusing on iPad resources to assist them on their new quest. The website dubbed “A Sea of iPad Resources” offers possibilities not only for its own teachers and students, but for parents as well. The website located @ http://www.vrml.k12.la.us/dozieripad shares both free and paying educational iPad apps, information and articles on iPads in education. 

In taking their vision another step further, on May 15, 2012, two Dozier Elementary teachers Suzette Stutes and Lori Porter, the school’s (part time) Technology Specialist/ Webmaster Stacy Bodin and two technology district leaders, Jude Dubois and Mike Dartez headed to Rapides Parish to view hands-on iPad lessons in classrooms. The trip was to broaden their knowledge of iPad integration and to see two classroom management systems in place at Phoenix Elementary Magnet and Pineville Elementary.

Instructional Technology Facilitator Jill Summers from Rapides Parish, led the interested group in a “walk through” Professional Development Day.  Vermilion Parish Supervisor of Classroom Technology Jude Dubois was also able to speak with his counterpart in Rapides Parish, Director of Technology Bill Morrison and ask questions, while District Technology Specialist Mike Dartez was able to get input from Summers, as well.

Riding on the cusp of completing their 2012-2015 school technology plan in May, coupled with their impressive iPad classroom tour, Dozier Elementary’s vision is seemingly a little closer, as they are now completing grants, and have plans to use donations to attain iPads in upcoming years.

Stacy Bodin, who works as the part time Tech Specialist shared “We are realistic and know grants and/or donations may not come through for this to happen, however that has not stopped us yet!”  Bodin also stated, “What we do know after our Rapides Parish visit is (a) our group saw a lot potential for iPad use for our students and (b) we are more than willing to go that extra mile to work for them by writing grants and anything else that comes with the territory!” She ended by stating “The school would welcome any new businesses whose focus is technology in schools to partner with, or anyone for that matter, who would like to help our quest. Our website @ http://www.vrml.k12.la.us/dozier has our information.”

Picture 1: In an effort to learn more about iPads in a classroom, educators from Vermilion Parish traveled to Rapides Parish to actual hands on technology lessons in two classrooms. The group was interested in how iPads were utilized effectively to assist with student learning. Pictured at the Rapides Parish Technology Center are (left to right) Dozier Elementary teacher Suzette Stutes, Dozier Elementary teacher Lori Porter, Vermilion Parish Technology Specialist Mike Dartez, Rapides Parish Instructional Technology Facilitator Jill Summers, and Vermilion Parish Supervisor of Classroom Technology Jude Dubois, Rapides Parish Director of Technology Bill Morrison. Picture 2: Dozier Elementary teacher Suzette Stutes, Dozier Elementary teacher Lori Porter, Dozier Elementary part time Tech Specialist/Webmaster Stacy Bodin, Vermilion Parish Technology Specialist Mike Dartez, Rapides Parish Instructional Technology Facilitator Jill Summers, and Vermilion Parish Supervisor of Classroom Technology Jude Dubois. Picture 3: Lori Porter, Picture 4: iPad in use (classroom), Picture 5: Suzette Stutes, Picture 6:Pictured during the Rapides Parish iPad visit on May 15, 2012 are Director of Technology Bill Morrison from Rapides Parish and Supervisor of Classroom Technology Jude Dubois from Vermilion Parish. Picture 7: Stacy Bodin, Suzette Stutes and Lori Porter, Picture 8: Ipad with apps.

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