The Point Isabel school district plans to spent $500,000 on new teaching technology, thanks to a grant.
Raise Your Hand Texas, an Austin-based nonprofit organization that works with school districts on innovative learning initiatives, announced the grant on Wednesday.
“So, traditionally, when students do homework at home, their homework for me — now — is watching my video,” said Deborah Bickerton. a fourth-grade teacher at Garriga Elementary School. “So when they come to class the next day they’re already ready with questions. They’re prepared for my instruction.”
The instructional videos allow students to learn at their own pace. Students who become confused or need clarification can watch the video again or bring questions to class.
Funding from Raise Your Hand Texas will allow the district to purchase technology and train teachers.
“This is a redesign of the instructional model of the classroom,” said DJ Canales, the district technology director and project manager. “To provide a personalized student-centered learning experience for our students.”