South Ripley Elementary’s Digital Learning Spaces Named Promising Practice
By Mike Perleberg
Sandbox SR is one of South Ripley’s Blended Learning Spaces recognized by the Indiana Department of Education. Photo provided.
(Versailles, Ind.) – A digital learning effort at South Ripley Elementary School is being recognized as one of Indiana’s most promising teaching tools.
The Indiana Department of Education has named South Ripley’s Blended Learning Spaces as a Promising Practice. To help celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial in 2016, the IDOE is naming 200 high-quality education practices and wrap-around services in schools throughout the state this year.
The elementary school program includes the Sandbox SR technology room, an old kindergarten room now decked out with a four monitor media table, a 65-inch touch screen SmartBoard, and multiple wall-mounted LCD screens which students can plug their Chromebooks into. South Ripley is a 1:1 device to student school, using Google Classroom as its learning management system.
Another space is a digital art studio where students can create anything from videos to 3-D art projects made tangible with a 3-D printer.
“We are committed to providing our students with the skills needed to be successful in our 21st century world, and maximizing our use of technology helps us achieve that mission,” says South Ripley Community Schools Superintendent Rob Moorhead.
With 78 of the 200 Promising Practices named by the IDOE so far this year, South Ripley’s Blended Learning Spaces is the first in southeast Indiana to gain the designation.
Moorhead says South Ripley’s Sandbox SR technology room was equipped using grants from the Rising Sun Regional Foundation and the Ripley County Community Foundation.
Remarking on the IDOE’s Promising Practices recognitions, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz said South Ripley and other schools’ practices are student-centered and focus on positively impacting students through innovative programming and activities that provide high-quality learning environments and experiences.
“Since day one, my top priority has been to ensure that every student has access to high-quality education and support no matter where they live or attend school,” said Ritz. “In every corner of our state, schools and communities are providing students with the learning opportunities and wrap-around services they need to be successful in school and in life. That is why I am pleased to recognize these high quality Promising Practices programs today.”