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New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Union Free School District

Technology at the Forefront in Our District

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The district has been continuing to integrate technology into K-6 classrooms this school year.

District Technology Integration Specialist Jeanine Laurino supports the teaching staff at all four school buildings by offering training on various instructional technology, such as Seesaw and Learning A-Z in grades K and 1, as well as Google applications such as Google Docs and Slides for all grade levels. The district has been hosting technology training sessions in conjunction with Model Schools through Nassau BOCES. Once the teachers participate in these trainings, Ms. Laurino enters the classrooms to model lessons alongside the teachers to support students with the technology.

“With 1:1 Chromebooks starting in kindergarten, these lessons can be as simple as logging in for the first time and accessing instructional software in Clever such as Star Fall,” Ms. Laurino said.

Recently, Ms. Laurino co-taught with kindergarten teachers Ms. Guarasci at Garden City Park School and Mrs. Rendon at New Hyde Park Road School to teach students how to use the Seesaw app and the embedded tools. Students practiced using the digital pencil, drag and drop, digital drawing tools and voice recording. Some students read, recorded, wrote and sorted sight words all within Seesaw. They also learned how to use the Starfall app. For fifth graders in Ms. Guzman’s class at Garden City Park School, Ms. Laurino helped students create and format a Virtual Ancient Civilization brochure in Google Docs. Students used Google to research and take notes on their civilization. Then, they learned how to add and edit images, as well as how to modify text and add a watermark and borders to images.

Fourth Graders Create Google Sites

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Garden City Park School fourth graders in Grace Yang’s class recently created Google sites on influential Hispanic figures in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Students collaborated in pairs and utilized multiple Google platforms, including Google Slides, to draft and revise their research and to create their websites. They also used Padlet, a web app that lets users post notes on a digital wall, for research. On Oct. 21, they presented their Google sites to their families and other Garden City Park staff through a virtual Google Meet.

“Our presentation went well!” Ms. Yang said. “The students were so proud of themselves, and the technology teachers said our class was the first class in our district to use Google sites!”

Kindergartners use Seesaw to Learn the Letter ‘C’

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Garden City Park School kindergartners recently used a Seesaw activity to reinforce learning the letter ‘C.’ The lesson focused on the students becoming more familiar with using the Seesaw app and its tools more independently, as well as identifying the letter ‘C’ both on the Chromebooks and on paper.

Fifth Graders Learn about Fiction Subgenres

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Garden City Park School fifth graders recently began their fiction unit in their reading lessons.

To ramp up the excitement and get students prepared, fifth grade teachers Maya Guzman and Jaqueline Cipolla decided to create breakout rooms for their students. Students worked collaboratively in groups to escape “Fiction-land Correctional Facilities.” Within these groups, they uncovered the different types of subgenres of fiction, elements that make up these subgenres, as well as different popular book titles within the subgenres.

Students had 20 minutes to "escape" and work together to solve each code to get their next clue.