Merion Mercy Academy is an award winning Catholic preparatory school serving some of the brightest students in Pennsylvania. Their motto, "Live Mercy, Seek Justice", provides the students and staff with a sense of purpose about themselves, their future, and their commitment to others.
Merion Mercy’s challenge for Springboard IT was to help the academy modernize their classroom environments with interactive technology like smart boards and tablets.
Merion Mercy's staff would also need assistance incorporating this new technology into their lesson plans so an efficient and adequate Professional Development program would need to be established as well.
Springboard IT started off the new partnership with Merion Mercy by implementing a school-wide Promethean Activboard integration. In order to ensure the staff was well equipped to handle, teach, and develop lesson plans with their new technology, Springboard IT’s Education Team performed customized Professional Development sessions. These sessions taught teachers how to use multi-touch features to gather facts and information, create graphic organizers, and annotate their lessons for an interactive educational experience.
After that, Merion Mercy Academy and Springboard IT began to work on another way to increase student engagement, by rolling out a school-wide iPad program. By introducing a JAMF device management solution, teachers and students were able to interact and communicate with their new tablets. Better yet, the seamless iPad-to-Activboard connection allowed students to respond to quizzes directly from their iPad tablets and enabled teachers to immediately pull up resources and results so everyone could truly participate.
The results were immediate: students responded better to e-textbooks and interactive lesson plans. With the introduction of engaging digital visualizations and dynamic technology, student engagement continued to increase.
With PD sessions scheduled, devices enabled, and support readily available, Merion Mercy Academy now had an interactive classroom experience to match their already stellar reputation.