Karen Cammuso, PhD, clinical director of developmental services at Bradley Schools, discusses the use of technology in the classroom and how it can help teachers maximize and specialize learning time. See more videos »
Bradley Schools use a multisensory approach to their Common Core Aligned Curriculum including state-of-the-art technology such as tablets, interactive whiteboards, and computers, along with visual aids, text books, and hands-on learning opportunities. This results in students accessing a rigorous curriculum in a flexible, differentiated manner that focuses on their unique learning styles accompanied by specialized instruction and interventions.
Interactive whiteboards are a recent innovation that enhances student engagement in the learning process. The Bradley School has implemented the use of interactive whiteboards for many classrooms across all five of the Bradley School sites, and many of our Partnership classrooms.
The introduction of several online curricula have necessitated that our students have access to the interactive whiteboards and/or individual computers or tablets. This allows each student to gain computer literacy skills and to access progress monitoring tools that allow our teaching staff to continually monitor student growth and success. As a result, 150 tablets were purchased in 2013 to expand student access to the online curricula.
Many generous benefactors have helped with the further growth of our technology. A grant from the Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust in 2010-2011 led to the purchase of interactive smartboards for all classrooms in the Portsmouth School, as well as laptop carts and iPads. The trust later gave an additional grant that allowed for an upgrade of this technology.
Funding from the William Bingham Foundation enabled the East Providence Partnership to purchase interactive whiteboards for its classrooms, as well as iPads and iTouch devices to be used for students with developmental challenges. The White Family Foundation funded the purchase of laptops and carts, as well as projection technology, for our Providence school and its Career Readiness initiative. An anonymous donor provided funding for additional laptops for several of our programs this school year. Bailey's Team for Autism donated iPads for instruction at our classrooms that serve students with autism.
State-of-the-art technology integration is an important initiative at the Bradley Schools, resulting in an array of training opportunities and consultation for our staff and students to ensure that teaching teams are proficient in blended learning implementation.
Early results are promising—in the first year following the implementation of the curricula and tablets, students have demonstrated significant gains in reading proficiency across all sites as well as promising growth in math, science and social studies.
As our schools continue to grow, we anticipate further expansion of our technology so that all classrooms are equipped with state of the art technology to support our students’ college and career readiness as they work to achieve their greatest potential.