Beginning in 2009, the SVUSD iEngage Project has worked tirelessly to positively impact student achievement. iEngage teachers create new instructional content to engage students utilizing the iPod Touch and iPad.
iEngage embraces the idea that if students are involved in their class, then they are learning! Research indicates that reading comprehension is increased drastically by improved reading fluency. State standards expect fourth and fifth grade students to transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” Content areas such as social studies and science are difficult to understand if students are still decoding each word. Enter the ipod touch and iPad, a device that allows students to record their reading and then listen to their recording. Hearing their own voice reading has proven to be an incredible motivator for students to practice their fluency. The iEngage program has revolutionized the way students are learning, and while iEngage was originally implemented to improve fluency, it has improved student achievement in all subject areas. An individual, handheld computer for every student has taken learning to the next level where kids are begging for more learning time!
Students at schools throughout the district are involved in hands-on learning with iPods and iPads as they work on challenged based learning problems. Students are deploying the iPod and iPad devices inside and outside the classroom to become active participants in their learning. The use of the iPod Touch and iPad allows a variety of applications to be used in multiple content areas with a design to improve academic language and comprehension amongst the students. The mobility and flexibility of the iPod and iPad is promising for developing unique learning experiences that would not be possible otherwise.