Board learns whether members are ‘Smarter Than a Fifth Grader’

February 24, 2014

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SMS.iPads2.0210Sedalia School District 200 Board of Education members recently had their math skills tested through an innovative use of technology by Sedalia Middle School fifth graders.

During the Feb. 10 board work session, SMS math teachers Amanda Sommer and Shelley Lutjen demonstrated an interactive “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader” game that their students created on classroom iPad computers. Sommer said the students created the questions based on what they were most proud that they had mastered and what they thought would be the most challenging for their parents to answer.

Board members and district administrators were given student iPads to play the game and as they worked their way through the questions, board member Diana Nichols asked the group, “Did you miss number 10? I’m getting ready to guess on that one.”SMS.iPads1.0210

SMS Principal Sara Pannier said her fifth grade math teachers, including Ann Luebbert, “are always the first to try anything for me” when it comes to technology. She added that iPads will be used for Mastery Connect and common assessments this spring.

SMS.iPads3.0210Superintendent Brad Pollitt praised the middle school teachers and administrators, noting that many schools are seeing the need to adapt their testing and curriculum to integrate it with available technology to better prepare students for the future. Photos courtesy Sedalia School District.

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