Showing off what they can do in Portsmouth

Middle school hosts outside administrators to see classroom technology in action

By Jim McGaw
Posted 12/3/19

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth Middle School already knew it had the goods. So why not show them off a little?

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Log in

Not a subscriber?


Start a Subscription

Sign up to start a subscription today! Click here to see your options.

Purchase a day pass

Purchase 24 hours of website access for $2. Click here to continue

Day pass subscribers

Are you a day pass subscriber who needs to log in? Click here to continue.


Showing off what they can do in Portsmouth

Middle school hosts outside administrators to see classroom technology in action

Posted

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth Middle School already knew it had the goods. So why not show them off a little?

The school recently hosted a visit for members of the Rhode Island Association of School Principals so they could see for themselves how Portsmouth teachers are using technology to forward learning in the classrooms.

“There was a call for action: ‘If your school is doing something really awesome, we want to hear about it,’” said Sarah DelSanto, the school’s tech integration specialist. 

“Our vice principal, Lisa Goodwin, said our technology is fantastic compared to other schools we’ve seen. We applied and were chosen to host. We invited administrators in to see three teachers in action.”

Kyle Spaltholz, a seventh-grade English language arts (ELA) teacher, used gamification — the application of typical elements of game-playing — to motivate and engage students in learning activities.

“He basically had students review games where they battled in teams to get the right answers. They were very engaged in the learning,” Ms DelSanto said.

Sixth-grade ELA teacher Amy Gerrior used technology to differentiate instruction and give students the chance to work at their own pace.

“Some kids were working on vocabulary, while others were writing scripts for green screens,” she said.

Finally, sixth-grade science teacher Hannah Lancaster used the U.S. Geological Survey website to pinpoint recent earthquakes, and to look for patterns.

“They were looking for patterns on how plate tectonics worked,” Ms DelSanto said.

The school expects to host another similar program early next year, she said.

2020 by East Bay Newspapers

Barrington · Bristol · East Providence · Little Compton · Portsmouth · Tiverton · Warren · Westport
Meet our staff
Mike Rego

Mike Rego has worked at East Bay Newspapers since 2001, helping the company launch The Westport Shorelines. He soon after became a Sports Editor, spending the next 10-plus years in that role before taking over as editor of The East Providence Post in February of 2012. To contact Mike about The Post or to submit information, suggest story ideas or photo opportunities, etc. in East Providence, email mrego@eastbaymediagroup.com.