Classroom Technology Integration at MESD
Google for Education & MESD: Partnering to Transform Learning Outcomes
Our classrooms, from Kindergarten through 12th Grade, are equipped with 1:1 Chromebooks for students, and all staff and students throughout the district make use of powerful Google Workspace for Education productivity, creativity, and collaboration tools.
In April 2017, the Moriarty-Edgewood School District was recognized as a Google for Education Reference District, the first in the state of New Mexico! Reference Districts are districts that demonstrate excellence and thought leadership through the use of technology, including G Suite for Education and Chromebooks, to drive impact and positive learning outcomes. Of course, we are proud of this special recognition but even more proud of the role that our technology integration efforts have played in positively impacting student learning!
Schoology: A Learning Management System to Advance What's Possible
Our district uses a Learning Management System (LMS) called Schoology. This is a robust platform packed with features to foster collaboration and communication and to facilitate more personalize learning experiences for our students. Our initial rollout began in the 2019 - 2020 school year with the use of the Schoology gradebook, and since then we have provided ongoing training and support for our staff to begin more comprehensive utilization of everything Schoology has to offer. As we continue to learn and gain experience with the platform, we are more broadly utilizing Schoology's powerful features including a dynamic assessment management system and other classroom workflow and communication tools.
Reinventing the Classroom Experience with Project Lead the Way
Offered at our Moriarty High School and Moriarty Middle School campuses, Project Lead the Way (PLTW) empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and the skills they need to thrive. PLTW pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science engage students in hands-on activities, projects, and problems; empower them to solve real-world challenges; and inspire them to reimagine how they see themselves.
Project GUTS: Growing Up Thinking Scientifically
Moriarty Middle School students can participate in Project GUTS, an integrated science and computer science program. Growing up thinking scientifically means learning to look at the world and to ask questions, developing and using computer models that help answer questions through scientific inquiry, and using critical thinking to assess which ideas are reasonable and which are not. To grow up thinking scientifically means knowing science to be a computing-rich, dynamic, creative endeavor, a way of thinking, rather than a body of facts.