Education

Sparta School District Hosts Tech Night: Sharing Tech Tools for Learners

SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta school district’s Special Education department held a technology night for students with disabilities.  Director Danielle Hamblin, together with Special Education Parent Advisory Group Co-chairwomen Mary Lynn Komar and Melissa Do coordinated the evening that took place in the Sparta High media center.

The evening centered around four stations for parents to learn about different technology tools for their students.

Alpine teacher Stephanie Dykes facilitated a group on Seesaw, a “social media like tool” according to Hamblin.  It is useful for allowing students to share their work and interact with each other.

Sign Up for E-News

“It was awesome to be able to comment on one another’s poste which were either audio, written or pictorial,” a parent said.

From the Sparta Middle School, teacher Katie Nieves did a show and tell on a “myriad of apps, extensions and add-ons” Hamblin said.  The participants at Nieves’ table had the opportunity to try the tools for themselves.

“We were able to trial VeritySpell to educate us on those commonly confused words such as affect and effect,” Hamblin said.  “We also got to use speech tools such as SpeakIt! and accessibility tools such as the OpenDyslexic font.”

The time parents had to spend with Nieves was not enough to get through all of her information, so she provided a handout for parents to try them out at home.

Lia Tirpack and Theresa Gleason, also from the middle school, presented Quizlet and Quizizz activities. 

“It was amazing to see how in live tome they utilize technology to collect formative assessment on each of their students,” Hamblin said.  “We were able to engage in some of the highly motivating games.”

Melissa Roome a Sparta Middle School teacher presented an overview of ReadWorks, NewsELA and CommonLit. 

“I watched as she adjusted the lixile level and provided accessibility to all learners for non-fiction topics and classroom text,” Hamblin said.

The presenters were able to tailor their presentation to the group of parents, community members from local non-profit schools and the district staff members Christine Pokrywa, Gerry Carter, Karen Wright and Pam Steel.

Hamblin said Rach Bonnema was instrumental in the success of the evening.  Bonnema set up the chromebooks with the presenters’ tools, apps and programs for the participants.

Several parents shared compliments about the event.

“I am excited that these tools are inclusive to the general population,” a parent said. “I can’t wait to start using them.”

“Lots of great information,” a parent said. “I learned new tools that I can use with my students.  Talented staff.”

“I found the apps for the chromebooks very helpful,” a parent said.  “The study aides quizlet is great way to help my kids.”

Another parent said, “I learned new sites to help my son learn things at school.  I am really excited to try them with him and engage him in new ways.  It’s a great way to make education fun.  I had never heard of them before, so this was a great education for me.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Sparta

Sparta Police: Traffic Stop Yields Hundreds of Empty Heroin Packets

December 7, 2017

SPARTA, NJ – A Long Valley resident was found to have hundreds of empty wax packets used to hold heroin when he was stopped for having an expired inspection sticker.  Sparta Police Officer Thomas Snyder stopped a gray Honda Accord on December 4 around 9:50 a.m. on Route 15, police report.

When Snyder went to speak with Daniel Gaeta, 30, the driver told the officer he was being ...

Sparta Police: Vernon Man Hits a Curb, Gets DWI

SPARTA, NJ – A Vernon man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after he hit a curb and disabled his Jeep.  On November 30 around 11;20 p.m. Sparta Police Officer Ericks Finley found the Robert Houdershieldt, 44, sitting in his Grand Cherokee on the Route 15 southbound ramp, police say.

When Finley spoke with the driver, Houdershieldt told the officer he was on the phone ...

Sparta Police: Wanted Orange Man Picked Up After Driving Erratically

SPARTA, NJ – An Orange resident is in custody on outstanding warrants and other charges after getting stopped by Sparta police on Woodport Road.  On November 21 around 1:40 a.m. Sparta Police Officer Thomas Snyder stopped an Audi driven by Damani Weekes, police say.

According to police Weekes was driving erratically, crossing over the yellow line several times.  When Snyder ...

Obituaries

- Jun 2, 2017
Jillian Mari Baluyot, 17, of Nutley, passed away on June 2, 2017. Born in Secaucus, she lived in ...
Read more
- Feb 21, 2017
Marisa Rincon (30) passed away in Randolph on February 21,2017. She was born is West Chester, PA ...
Read more

Thanks for Saving my House

December 10, 2017

It was strange to get a phone message at a local movie theater that my house was on fire in Lake Stockholm on Friday. It was thirty years ago that I had a house fire in the same community, but tonight I was at the AMC movie in Rockaway getting a call about my house again being on fire. I arrived in Lake Stockholm to see the firemen keeping damage to a minimum!

Without the great effort of ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, December 13, 12:00 PM

Stanhope

Top Notch Resume I: The Basics

Business & Finance

Thu, December 14, 10:00 AM

Sparta Ambulance Building, Sparta

Sparta Friends and Neighbors Holiday Charity ...

Giving Back

Wed, December 20, 12:00 PM

Stanhope

Top Notch Resume II: Advanced

Business & Finance

Fri, January 12, 12:00 PM

Rutgers/Douglass Student Center, New Brunswick

North Jersey Orchid Society 51st Annual Orchid ...

Fri, January 12, 12:00 PM

Rutgers/Douglass Student Center, New Brunswick

North Jersey Orchid Society 51st Annual Orchid ...

Arts & Entertainment Education Home & Garden

AtlantiCast: Episode 008

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll learn about a groundbreaking new clinical trial in the fight against pancreatic cancer, meet an award-winning child neurologist at Goryeb Children’s Hospital and hear about the new Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center at Atlantic Orthopedic Institute – plus stay tuned at the end to see our debut episode of the AtlantiCast Medical ...

Two Elizabeth Residents Arrested in Massive Child Trafficking and Pornography Sting

December 1, 2017

TRENTON, NJ – Arrests have been made in a massive operation that stretched from New Jersey to California, that targeted sex offenders, and persons possessing child pornography was announced today by Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino.

Arrests of 79 child predators and child pornography offenders in “Operation Safety Net,” a nine-month, multi-agency child protection ...

Celebrate the Season at Sparta’s 16th Annual Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market

Don’t miss this weekend’s 2017 Weihnachtsmarkt: 16th Annual Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market at Lake Mohawk in Sparta!  

Ranked as “One of the Top Ten Things to Do in December in the State”, this market offers 100+ vendors selling beautifully-crafted and unique gifts; delicious food & drink; live entertainment (from folk dancers to carolers to chainsaw wood ...

Are your medications interacting with one another? For the health of it, find out!

A national poll of almost 1700 people age 50 - 80 conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Institute for Health Care Policy found that only a third of them who take at least one prescription drug had talked to a health care professional about drug interactions in the previous two years. Among those taking six or more medications, less than half had talked with a health care ...

Impaired Driving Enforcement Crackdown to be Conducted Locally as Part of Statewide Year End Campaign

December 10, 2017

SPARTA, NJ - Law enforcement officials from Sparta Twp. will be cracking down on drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs as part of the annual end of year “Drive Sober or Get \Pulled Over” statewide campaign. Beginning December 8, 2017 and continuing through January 1, 2018, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and Sobriety checkpoints ...