LOWNDES COUNTY SCHOOL (GA) USES INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY

LOWNDES COUNTY SCHOOL (GA) USES INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY

A school in Valdosta got some new and innovative technology to make learning fun. The technology is said to have been the result of research supported by Bill and Melinda Gates.

The Lowndes County School system just got their new Student Multimedia Accelerated Learning Lab (SMALLab) and it’s housed at Moulton Branch Elementary School.

Education in Motion

Education in Motion

Motion capture suits are used to make animation come alive with lifelike movements at places like Disney and Pixar — and now at Seneca Valley.

Seneca Valley High School students are some of the first in the country to use this technology in a new pilot program this school year. The course is called Honors Motion Capture and Animation 1 and is giving students skills to get jobs in various industries.

 

Measuring The Impact SMALLab Has On Student Leadership

Measuring The Impact SMALLab Has On Student Leadership

Tracy Williams SMALLab instructor at Bobtown Elementary School

Specifically, I look for three things:
First, the solution should have a proven track record of improving student outcomes across the entire curriculum—not just in math, but in language arts as well. 

Second, the solution must reinforce and improve retention of topics taught in the classroom. It has to enhance the classroom experience, not replace it. 

Third, the solution has to make the learning environment fun, interactive, and collaborative. 

SMALLab "Brings learning to life!"

SMALLab "Brings learning to life!"

The versatility has allowed for all types of learners to engage, according to Denise Manganello, principal of Seneca Valley Academy of Choice, who has plans to expand SMALLab usage in the Pennsylvania program's classrooms. “It has so many different opportunities for students to learn content or how things are developed or to collaborate and reach a higher level of thinking and metacognition," Manganello told EdScoop. "Really, everybody should be using it.”

“It brings learning to life," she added. "The kids are up, they’re moving. They’re also collaborating, they’re working together and tying it all in.”

Deploying SMALLab with a limited budget: A Next Gen Learning Q&A

Deploying SMALLab with a limited budget: A Next Gen Learning Q&A

Martell: We’ve invested in a lot of technology. We have a new media center, a cyber platform, and two fully-functional fabrication labs. But we have five SMALLabs, and of all of our initiatives, our SMALLabs are having the biggest success. Not only have the teachers gravitated toward it, but the students have as well. We work hard so we can reach every single student with SMALLab.

Improving Fraction Education: A Next Gen Learning Q&A

Improving Fraction Education: A Next Gen Learning Q&A

Ed Camic (4th Grade Teacher at Twin Rivers Intermediate School): We used SMALLab’s Student Insight Center to test students’ understanding of fractions. They took an online assessment before and after a SMALLab session using the More Or Less lesson. With our fractions lesson, we saw that student scores improved by 15 percent after using our SMALLab. That was really exciting!

Next Gen Learning Highlights Grande Innovation Academy

Next Gen Learning Highlights Grande Innovation Academy

Grande Innovation Academy Executive Director Patty Messer: They love SMALLab! They’re so excited. We implemented it in the spring of 2017, after we did demonstrations for the teachers and parents, the students had the opportunity to go in and experience our SMALLab as well. Every single student was able to experience our SMALLab at least once during those last few weeks in May. Just this morning, I gave a tour to three new families, and they were super excited as well.

WHNT News 19 covers SMALLAb @ Huntsville Middle School

WHNT News 19 covers SMALLAb @ Huntsville Middle School

In an article titled, "The “Future of Education” Looks A Lot Like A Virtual Reality Video Game", Daniela Perallon features SMALLab for WHNT News 19 in Huntsville, Alabama.

When WHNT News 19 visited the lab on March 20th, the students were tracking constant velocity by holding the wands and walking along a track calculating their speed. This great article aired that same evening.

Education Week Features SMALLab

Education Week Features SMALLab

Education Week published a great article profiling the science behind SMALLab. The article is titled "High-Tech Simulations Linked to Learning". The article features a number of quotes from SMALLab teachers and students. A student, Dominic Heurta, describes his SMALLab experience saying, “You get to interact and enjoy yourself, but most of all, you learn more,” he said. “You don’t get bored, and you actually think about the things you are doing.”