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Mahopac Elementary Students Get Ready for Technology Rollout

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Mary Kurtz’s classroom at Lakeview has a maker-space area dedicated to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities, which fosters creative technological thinking. Credits: Mahopac School District
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MAHOPAC, N.Y.-Teachers in the Mahopac School District are preparing students to make the most of a plan to distribute Chromebooks to those in grades four through 12  in January.

In Lakeview Elementary School, the fifth-grade team has been fully engaging students in all aspects of the Google suite and other programs and they are excited to teach—and learn—even more as new programs make their way into classrooms.

Fifth-grade teachers Mary Kurtz, Cara Bowden, Aida Nikocevic, Mary Moriarty, Andrea Whitesell, Beth Ferrigno and Courtney Aponte and teacher’s aide Marie Trillas said that students are not only excited by the programs, but become proficient at them almost immediately.

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Students use everything from Padlets—online, interactive bulletin boards—to Google programs such as Hyperdocs (documents that link to the internet), maps, and Mystery Hangouts. They are also proficient at video programs such as Flipgrid and Screencastify.

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