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Windsor Mill Middle School students shine at Night of Innovation

21st Century Tech Tools Merged with Traditional Instruction

Ruth Young Tyler | 1/22/2016, noon
For eleven-year-old sixth-graders Avante Morgan, Temitope Peters, Victor Chongwa and 10-year old Rianna Davis, using their school-issued HP Elitebook Revolve ...
Sixth-grade students at Windsor Mill Middle School (left to right) Avante Morgan, Temitope Peters, Rianna Davis, and Victor Chongwa holding their school-issued HP Elitebook Revolve hybrid laptops with Sonja Jackson, (back row, left) Language Arts Department Chair; and six grade reading teacher Philip Macek (back row, right) at the Night of Innovation on December 3, 2015. (Courtesy Photo)

“Yes, we have a change in the demographics, but our students are not any less able to learn than any child in the county,” said Chambers. “When they have the right teacher in front of them, and the teacher conveys a caring and compassionate demeanor, the student is more engaged,” said Chambers.

According to Principal Chambers, the teacher to student ratio is one to 25, however math classes are much smaller to help raise the students’ scores. Since the change, preliminary math assessments have gained 24 percentage points.

“Technology built on the science of learning has the potential to personalize and improve education, but only if it’s implemented thoughtfully and effectively. The Baltimore County Public Schools are a shining example of how technology can be used strategically to support the art of great teaching,” said Christine Willig, president of McGraw-Hill Education’s K-12 group. “We’re proud to be Baltimore County’s partner in improving learning outcomes district-wide.”

The sixth graders have been using the devices since the school year began. Over the next two years the program is on track to issue the device to seventh and eighth graders, too.

Principal Chambers says he is a proponent of the program and commends Dr. S. Dallas Dance, Superintendent of BCPS, for invigorating the learning and teaching process.

“I’d rather for you to be uncomfortable with learning new things, than to revert back to the old things and changing the date on an old lesson plan,” said Chambers. “I can’t speak for the other kids in other schools, but our students need something to excite them and the technology is doing just that.”