WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--At-risk children in three Chicagoland area schools use advanced education technology from Hatch® Early Learning in their pre-Kindergarten classrooms as part of iStartSmart™ Mobile tablet pilot programs. Administrators monitor teacher-student interactions and improvements in classroom and school performance, while teachers use the progress monitoring system to understand each child’s skill level and to refocus learning.
“This is very important for reducing the technology gap and the achievement gap because it actually supplements what is happening in the classroom.”
Fontane Thomas, a Pre-School for All teacher at Stephen K. Hayt Elementary, has used iStartSmart Mobile tablets in his classroom since October 2012. “Using Hatch technology, I am able to sit one-on-one with my [English Language Learner] students and […] walk them through a series of activities to see if they are gaining the skills I want them to learn,” said Thomas. “This is very important for reducing the technology gap and the achievement gap because it actually supplements what is happening in the classroom.” Visit HatchEarlyLearning.com/Chicago to view the video.
“Teachers play a vital role in facilitating technology use in the classroom,” said Ginny Norton, Hatch President. “These pilot programs demonstrate best practices in implementing technology in early learning, as educators use Hatch technology to inform early intervention and instruction.”
Dr. Laurie Klomhaus, Principal at Todd Early Childhood in Aurora's West Aurora School District 129, oversees instruction in 11 classrooms with a high concentration of economically disadvantaged students, students with special abilities and English Language Learners. “I like the simplicity of the whole system,” she said. “I can easily pull reports that show me how often the tablets are used. That insight into what is happening in the classroom helps to guide my decisions about the professional development needs of my staff.”
The Head Start program at Northwestern University Settlement House in Chicago chose to invest in iStartSmart technology after winning a national grant to make program improvements. “Our children in Head Start should be given an opportunity to use the best technology available for early learners,” said Linda McLaren, Head Start Site Director.
The award-winning iStartSmart Learning System by Hatch moves children through a series of activities rich in research-based educational content. Activities engage children as they develop 18 kindergarten readiness skills critical for early school success. With the Hatch Report Management System teachers pinpoint areas of difficulty and redirect the software to present activities focused on specific skillsets.
About Hatch®, the Early Learning Experts:
Since 1984, Hatch has been committed to enriching early education and supporting the needs of students. From classroom supplies and education materials, to interactive whiteboard content, to adaptive learning and mobile technology, Hatch is the innovative solutions leader and most widely-used early learning technology provider nationwide. Hatch technologies combine child-appropriate hardware; research-based content tied to standards; and individualized progress monitoring tools to create complete classroom solutions proven to increase math, literacy, and social-emotional development. For more information, please visit www.HatchEarlyLearning.com.