David Lloyd George (DLG) Elementary is firmly strapped into the high-tech education train. And has it ever left the station. On October 3, the school community was invited to the school's first Tech Night. During the evening, parents visited the school with their sons and daughters and got a crash course from teachers on how the school was leveraging technology effectively in the classroom.
"This was just the type of event Steve Jobs would love!" says Ishmam Bhuiyan, a Grade 7 student at DLG.
DLG is already on the cutting edge when it comes to technology and learning. The school has purchased over 30 iPads for hands-on learning, 25 iPod touches and the majority of the school's classrooms are also equipped with
SmartBoards. Meanwhile, DLG is one of the few elementary schools currently operating a full online news website called the Medium, where a group of highly committed Grade 7 students cover the school's events, post national and sports news and even podcasts for their school audience.
All of this was on display at Tech Night. During the evening, parents toured multiple stations, where they were introduced to different devices and software used in their classroom. Stations ranged from how to create fun podcasts to using the powerful online program Prezi to take presentations to the next level. The primary children at DLG, showed their parents how they use iPads and iPods and how they read and write with them.
Feedback from the parent community was extremely positive, say schools staff.