In the second episode of our new podcast, Katie Brennecke interviews two members of our programs team about digital learning, digital literacy, and technology at School on Wheels. Ian Chan, Program Administrator and original digital learning champion, discusses our students’ access to digital learning has developed over time. Emma Gerch, Online Tutoring Coordinator, walks Katie through online tutoring, virtual field trips, and the newly developed digital literacy program.
If you want to learn more about the various digital learning programs available to you and your student, please visit our our tutor resources page. While you’re there, you can also find more information about our digital literacy program and watch Emma’s webinar.
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In 2018, our students accessed over 38,000 hours of digital learning! This year, to celebrate #DLDay2019, our Skid Row Learning Center participated in Hour of Code – a fun and interactive hour of computer science. Younger students got a visit from the PBS SoCal Kids Mobile Learning Lab and participated in developing their STEM skills through games and engaging hands-on activities.
Make a difference this Digital Learning Day! With your support, we can provide digital devices for our students, online tutoring support, digital after-school programs, wifi and hotspots for learning on the go! Visit schoolonwheels.org/digital to donate!
On Friday, February 19 Kevin Bacon, the well-known musician and actor, stopped by our Skid Row Learning Center to hang out with our students, learn about our Digital Learning Program, and answer questions our students had about his life and success. We are inspired by the work he does at SixDegrees.org and hope he can drop by again soon!
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Curious about using technology in your tutoring but aren’t sure where to start? In this workshop, School on Wheels digital learning staff shows you how to integrate technology into your tutoring sessions to enhance your student’s learning experience. First, get started with one of the easiest ways to help your student by using our list of 20+ apps, which target specific skill areas by grade and subject. Next, learn how to use our adaptive learning program to track your student’s progress, find personalized worksheets to use during your tutoring sessions, and improve your student’s academic performance by a whole grade level. Finally, learn about online tutoring and how you can utilize it to connect with your student wherever you are, so that your schedule or location never gets in the way of helping your student.
Technology is a buzzword in education, more so than ever before. Is it all just hype? How can it work along with traditional tutoring without replacing one-on-one attention? At School on Wheels, we have a plan to improve outcomes for homeless students in our program through the use of technology and blended learning. Learn about digital learning tools that can help you as a tutor to enhance and improve instruction for your student.
In this online workshop, we discuss new tools available to you such as assessments to identify gaps in learning, individualized lessons that give practice in these area, and access to more engaging activities.
Natasha Bayus is the Education and Training Coordinator for School on Wheels and has been with the organization since 2007. She currently supervises the AmeriCorps VISTA project that is working towards enhancing the program at School on Wheels through technology and digital learning.
Matt Raab is a former elementary school teacher who has worked for School on Wheels in many different capacities for the past nine years. As Program Director, he develops and oversees the infrastructure of the program and supports team members in doing outreach to families, partner organizations and donors in the community.
Ryan Locante has been with School on Wheels since 2009. As Operations Coordinator, Ryan is responsible for all operations functions, including utilization of technology in our program.
Beth Romero spent 9 years in the elementary classroom and conducted an action research study entitled Using Computers at the Skid Row Learning Center for her recently received MAED, Curriculum & Instruction.