OLCHS recently hosted educational technology researcher Dr. Ruben Puentedura as part of the district’s participation in a year-long Apple research project. Dr. Puentedura is a recognizable figure to educators and technology enthusiasts around the world as the author of the SAMR model, a framework for integrating technology into learning.
OLCHS was one of only 11 schools from around the country invited to participate in the Apple research project. Participation in the project allows school staff to receive training and support in action research skills so that they may effectively examine the impact of educational technology in the classroom. The OLCHS research team, comprised of administrators and teachers, will be investigating the relationship between student talk and the level of technology integration.
“This is the kind of outstanding opportunity we have here at OLCHS that I wish more people knew about,” said science teacher Mr. Michael Bielski.
As part of the visit, Dr. Puentedura visited OLCHS classrooms, presented a practitioner-focused lecture on the SAMR model to teachers and administrators, and worked closely with the OLCHS teachers who are leading the research project on their methods and data collection techniques.
“Having Dr. Puentedura here really helps our faculty bring their teaching practices and lesson planning to a deeper level. He was able to give some really specific examples that our Science teachers could implement into their lessons,” said Principal Dr. Jeana Lietz.
Participation in the Apple research project is yet another example of the commitment to quality student learning opportunities at OLCHS. The district provides iPad devices to students in order to enhance learning through our 1:1 technology program. Since 2012, OLCHS teachers and staff have structured innovative learning experiences for all students. Over 80% of the staff are Apple Certified Teachers.
Due to the district’s ongoing commitment to innovative learning through technology, the school was recognized in 2017 as an Apple Distinguished School (ADS). Additionally, Principal Dr. Lietz serves on Apple’s ADS Leadership Advisory Bo