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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Schools That Work| Case Study

Forest Lake Elementary School

Grades K-5 | Columbia, SC

Differentiated Instruction: Getting Personal with Technology

A South Carolina elementary school uses computers to engage students in a learning process, calibrated to their individual needs and abilities.

What this School is Achieving

OUTCOMES

Fifth graders passing the PASS (Palmetto Assessment of State Standards) test, 2009:

  • Writing: 63.7%
  • Reading and Research: 76.4%
  • Math: 71.9%
  • Science: 74.4%
  • Social Studies: 63.0%

MAP scores, 2009 (students meeting their individual growth targets, as compared to a national norm of 50%):

  • Reading: 50.6%
  • Math: 51.2%

How They Do It

How Differentiated Instruction and Formative Assessment Work at Forest Lake Elementary

Use Formative Assessment to Differentiate Instruction

Educators use frequent formative assessments to determine the needs of each student at Forest Lake Elementary School.

05/25/2010
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What Works for Differentiating Instruction in Elementary Schools

How you can start personalizing learning in 5 minutes, 5 days, 5 weeks, 5 months, and beyond.

05/24/2010
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NASA Resources Enrich STEM Curricula at Forest Lake Elementary

NASA Resources Enrich STEM Curricula at Forest Lake Elementary

Being a NASA Explorer School allows Forest Lake Elementary to deepen the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curricula with technology tools and resources.

05/14/2010
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Fundraising Tips from Forest Lake

How the South Carolina elementary school secured an eye-popping set of technology tools.

05/13/2010
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Differentiated Instruction Ignites Elementary School Learning

Tech-Fueled Differentiated Instruction Engages Elementary School Students

At Forest Lake Elementary School, in Columbia, South Carolina, achievement has soared since educators started using new technology to personalize the learning experience for each student.

05/03/2010
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Principal Kappy Cannon Fosters Technology Innovation and Teamwork

Principal Kappy Cannon Steck Fosters Technology Innovation and Teamwork

Principal Kappy Cannon Steck encourages master teachers to innovate with new technologies and work together to share their skills with the entire staff.

05/03/2010
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Technology Links Home to School

Technology Provides Parents a Window on the Classroom by Linking Home to School

At Forest Lake Elementary, parents stay informed and participate in their child's education with assignment trackers, student blogs, and other online learning tools.

05/03/2010
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Downloads and Resources from Forest Lake Elementary

Free tools, reading lists, web links and other resources to help bring differentiated instruction to your school.

04/26/2010
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Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology

To challenge and support each child at his or her own level, the educators of Forest Lake Elementary deploy a powerful array of digital-technology tools. Discover what your school can learn.

04/26/2010
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Teacher Development: Fueling Teachers to Go High-Tech

How one elementary school trains and supports its staff to blaze a new digital trail.

04/26/2010
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