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School board gets technology update on student learning

By TIM TROGLEN Reporter Published: April 12, 2017 12:01 AM
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HUDSON-- As technology increases as a tool in the workplace, it is also being utilized more as added learning tools for students.

Stephanie Swiderski, the district's high school technology coordinator, lead a variety of techies, teachers and students giving an update on technology at the April 6 Board of Education meeting.

"Tech has accomplished so much this year," Swiderski said.

Students in fourth through eighth grades are using Chromebooks for some lessons, she added.

And teachers in fourth through eighth were equipped with GoGuardian Teacher which is a computer application which allows teachers to monitor student activities on Google Chromebooks, simulate tests and help keep students on track. Basically the application helps teachers monitor and cut down on the wide variety of distractions available on the web.

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"Currently we have several teachers piloting the program in high school classes," Swiderski said.

Students also have access to a Chrome extension called "Read & Write." The extension contains highlighter and voice features to help cut down on a cluttered work space, she added.

Swiderski hopes to make Chromebook available for second grades and lower soon, she said.

The applications for learning are almost endless but do not replace human interaction among the teachers and students, according to Swiderski.

Parents were invited to a March 5 parent tech night to understand how technology is being used in student learning. Students and teachers were recorded talking about the various programs. The videos can be found on the Hudson City School website under "parents and technology," Swiderski said.

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Treasurer Kathryn Sines said she was exctited for the students after watching the update.

Board member Steve DiMauro commended all the teachers and staff members learning and now using Chromebooks.

Other board action

Unanimously approved the creation of a ping pong club.

Unanimously approved the 2018 through 2019 school year calendar.

Unanimously approved the retirements of Mary LaVallee, an educational aide with five years of service, effective May 31, 2017 and Janice Finseth, an educational aide with 21 years experience, effective July 31, 2017.

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