Solomon Elementary is a multi-platform school, deploying a wide variety of devices on campus. Our students have access to Chromebooks, MacBooks, iPads, and iMac desktops. Students utilize a multitude of online programs in various subject areas.
This school year 2020-2021, our school is offering two learning plans: a Hybrid model plan which comprises of Face-to-Face Learning combined with Distance Learning, as well as a 100% Virtual Learning model plan. Both of these models requires all students to have devices in school and at home. Each student will be loaned a school chromebook to participate in the distance learning portion of instruction.
Students and teachers will be interacting using multiple online learning resources. Solomon's Google for Education and Chromebooks will enable us to be successful in distance learning. Some of the tools that will be used in distance learning include Google Suite, Google Classroom, Google Meets, Class Dojo, etc.
Over the past year, our school has been focusing on Close Reading, Problem Solving and Response to Intervention. Online programs that we subscribe to enable teachers to target students in need of specific skills and further provide differentiated learning and lessons for each individual student.
With the opening of our new school in August 2019, teachers have been utilizing wireless and laser technology. They are currently teaching with iPads and MacBook Air computers using AirPlay technology. Each classroom is equipped with a short-throw laser projector, interactive whiteboard and overhead speakers where students and teachers have the ability to use touch screen technology.
Moving forward, our school is in the process of putting in place computer standards and a STEM curriculum. The State of Hawaii has adopted the Computer Science Teacher Association (CSTA) standards for all grade levels. The five areas of focus are as follows:
- Algorithms & Programming
- Computing Systems
- Data & Analysis
- Impacts of Computing
- Networks & the Internet
STEM is based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Research has shown that STEM offers the following for students:
- fosters ingenuity and creativity
- Builds resilience
- Encourages experimentation
- Encourages teamwork
- Encourages knowledge application
- Encourages tech use
- Teaches problem-solving
- Encourages adaption
Our new MakerSpace program will be put into place this school year. We are excited about new programs that we will be utilizing and are committed to continue focusing on student achievement.