He was encouraged by the opening day presentation by recently appointed Superintendent Joseph Yelich. There are a lot of new things that teachers are dealing with all at one, including the Common Core and a review process — APPR, Neer said. “He (Yelich) reassured us we will all get it done together.”
The technology will be added to the 15 iPads and two laptop carts that students have available, Murdock said. Where the hardware was previously available in the library, this will make it so it can be brought to the classrooms, she said, and it makes it possible for students working in small groups to practice such things as math skills or phonics.
The equipment should be ready by October. With all the applications available for the iPad, it allows for a very specific focus, Murdock said. Even kindergartners can use the hardware to draw letters on the screen and match pictures and letters, and teachers can see how well students did afterward.
“It will enhance the fantastic instruction already in place, and provide more resources for students and teachers in the classroom,” Murdock said.
Following the first of two conference days, she was encouraged by the collaborative feel in the district in continuing to work with the state’s Common Core curriculum. This was also the first year that sixth graders at Oneonta schools are attending the middle school. They had previously been part of the elementary schools. Teachers and administrators have done a good job in making sure they have a smooth transition, she said.