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Here at Karen M. Siegel Academy, we believe that technology is the future.  All of our students love using technology to learn.  We employ the use of instructional technology to support academics.  Most classrooms are outfitted with interactive white boards that keep students engaged and actively participating in lesson activities.  All KMSA teachers have a tablet that is used for instruction and data collection.

Many of our students also use assistive technology to communicate.  Assistive technology can be further broken down into alternative augmentative communication devices which ranges from a student communicating by pointing at a picture to a student using a tablet with communication software.  We strive to understand what type of AAC a student will use best.  For more information about assistive technology, refer to the Florida Department of Education Technical Assistance Paper.

In addition to our assistive and instructional technology, our school airs a weekly news show.  First In Flight News promotes student driven content as well as information that is academically enriching.  The focus of the production crew is on developing writing skills, presentation skills, and the practical application of technology. The news show also presents great information for staff members to keep up-to-date on such as upcoming events.  The news show contains elements that are aired consistently such as:

  • The Pledge of Allegiance
  • School Mission Statement
  • Lunch Menu
  • Weather Report
  • Word of the Week
  • Upcoming Events
  • What’s Going On in Sports
  • Entertainment News
  • This Week In History

We also have featured content which may include but is not limited to:

  • Event Highlights
  • Commercials
  • Health and Safety Tips
  • New Staff Introductions
  • Current Events
  • This Day In History
  • Communication Student of the Month
  • Award Showcase
  • Skill Demonstration
  • Much more!