Posted by Rosario on 3rd February 2012
Located in Miami, Florida, Jacobson Sinai Academy is a private school, with grades PK-7. The school “nurtures its students in a broad, challenging academic environment which boasts a competitive sports program, up-to-date technology”, and many other activities.
We went there in order to implement one more NearPod pilot program.
As children responded to interactive prompts and questions on their individual iPods, teachers were able to monitor student inputs and progress as well as obtain real-time test results and feedback and thus differentiate, accelerate, or remediate on the spot as needed.
Aliza Kadish, one of the teachers, used her own content which had been adapted to NearPod. She added a quiz and managed the class with the NearPod dashboard on an iPad.
Using this method with iPod touches as mobile devices, her students were able to learn “Spelling and Grammar” in an innovative way. Kadish said: “They love it! They love the immediate feedback and those kids with graphomotor issues feel it’s the ‘best thing that ever happened in school!’”.
This is one example of class at Sinai. The entire pilot program involved a total of 120 students and six teachers.
The feedback we got was great. According to Ms. Kadish, it “really made teaching fun again”.
Sinai Academy chose Language Arts, Grammar, and Health classes to begin. Students from 4th and 7th grades participated, and NearPod pilot will be rolling out over the course of this school year.
We believe the pilots that are rolling out in USA and Brazil are only the beginning. And if all the teachers believe in the NearPod power to innovate classes as much as Ms. Kadish believed (and experienced), we will reach our goal.