According to Master Technology teachers Adam Pizzi (grades 6-12) and Jeanine Gottko (K-5), the “Walls to Windows” initiative of the Westfield Public Schools is right on track. Presenting an update on instructional technology to the Board of Education this spring, the two experienced teachers were described by Superintendent Margaret Dolan as “not only skilled in teaching but having a passion for technology.”
“It’s been a busy year tackling a few major initiatives such as the new website – the Edline content learning system – and launching exciting pilots for the classroom,” noted Pizzi. “Today’s learners are a different audience, and we are taking steps to meet the challenge of teaching to these digitally savvy students. It’s certainly not a one-size-fits-all approach – we look for what’s appropriate for both the teacher and the students and which digital platforms will positively impact both,” he added. When not providing professional development to teachers in the district, Pizzi and Gottko continually are evaluating technology that will help foster teaching and learning.
“We are already planning for the new school year with further implementations for the website that will improve teacher, parent and student collaboration, as well as new platforms to engage our 21st century learners,” stated Gottko. For their complete presentation, visit http://bit.ly/R0DXci.