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Technology @ KYLS

At Kohelet Yeshiva Lab School we see technology as a tool that can enhance and enrich learning when used selectively and intentionally. Our one-to-one iPad program enables students to build awareness of their own academic progress, to personalize academic instruction to their particular level of readiness, and to begin building the skills necessary for success in the world to which they are headed. When you read about the technology initiatives below you will notice how they help us meet some of our pedagogical principles such as:

● Self-awareness fuels progress.

● Personalized learning maximizes student motivation and achievement.

● Real-world experiences promote real learning.  

LEGO WeDo
In our robotics course students are developing 21st-century skills through hands-on learning. We leverage the LEGO WeDo robotic kit to teach the engineering design process, robotics, programming, repeat parameters, and sensors. Students work together in constructing their robot and coding its movements from their iPad.  As part of this learning experience, students are building skills related to programming and collaboration.  They are reflecting on their process, challenges, and successes.  They often struggle, make mistakes, and readjust as part of the process of building and programming their cars.  

ScratchJr

This curriculum introduces powerful ideas from engineering and computer science that are not usually highlighted in early childhood education. The term “powerful idea” refers to a concept that children can learn through a curriculum that will serve them beyond the lifetime of a specific classroom technology. In this case, the curriculum revolves around the ScratchJr iPad application. The skills that students learn from coding in ScratchJr translate to many facets of programing such as our LEGO WeDo robotics course, the more advanced programming of Scratch, that is found in higher learning, as well as many other forms of coding. The curriculum is divided into three modules based on three interactive genres of ScratchJr­ based projects. These genres are collage, story, and game. It is through this learning that students develop the introductory skills of coding.

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
MAP assessments are unique in that they are developmentally appropriate even for young children and that they adapt to each child’s level of learning. As a result, no child ever feels overwhelmed by the assessment and it helps maintain a positive attitude toward assessment. Students take MAP multiple times during the school year.   MAP gives us valuable data that allows us to track growth and inform instruction in reading and math.  We shared the data with you at our first parent conference and look forward to sharing it with you again at the end of the year.  


Lexia                     
Lexia is a personalized reading program on the iPad that helps students develop reading skills.  What makes Lexia effective is its adaptivity to student level, the ongoing data it gives to teachers, and the specific teacher intervention it recommends as a result of that data. Students work at their own pace to develop fundamental literacy skills in six areas of reading instruction: phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. This program is one component of our balanced literacy program and supports what students are working on and learning in their small group instruction and our literacy rich learning environment.