Sissonville Elementary School is committed to the philosophy that technology must be an integral part of a child’s education. Currently, all of our classrooms are connected to the Success Learning Network, which provides, reading, math, reference, and word processing lessons for each child. All of the school is wired and connected to the Internet. In addition, our school has a wireless access point that allows students access with their iPads throughout the building. Our students, however, are not permitted to access the Web independently. Following the Acceptable Use Policy guidelines, students are permitted to use the web as directed by the teacher.
Kindergarten through fourth grade have the opportunity to use the Accelerated Reading Program to increase their reading skills. AR is a computerized program that is monitored by the classroom teachers and the school librarian, that helps children build their level of comprehension as well as expand their vocabulary. The program is designed two-fold. Students test in their classrooms on materials from their reading series, as well as on independent reading books. These points are accumulated for end the semester rewards.
Sissonville Elementary is constantly striving to add new technology as funds permit. As of the 2016-2017 school year, we are one-to-one with student iPads allowing teachers and students to use more technology in the learning process. Also, we have a Computer Lab with 28 computers that is used for class instruction, creating projects through collaboration with the technology and classroom teacher, and computerized assessments. The wireless network enables students to connect regardless of their location in the building.
Each classroom has an electronic smart board, document camera, data projector, and a media station that are used for interactive learning experiences with the children. With all students having access to their own iPad, teachers at SES are committed to increasing the use of technology with students as a tool for instruction and as an integral part of the learning process. The iPads have several educational APPs as well as Web Clips for websites that are specific to our school such as WBO (World Book Online) and Destiny (SES’s online card catalog). The addition of the iPads is part of the 20/20 Kanawha County Initiative toward providing one-to-one devices for all students.