Learning apps bring new technology to classrooms. Read more in our regional project Andover's eCademy and Technology in Education
No more pencils, no more books. In today's classrooms it is more iPad, Kindles and Nooks.
Maybe not so many Kindles and Nooks in Angie Webb's technology classroom, and there are still some pencils and books, but technology is definitely changing the way students learn.
"Classes come to the lab once or twice a week, and they work on [projects] that extend their classroom skills through the use of technology," Webb said.
Instead of the familiar green chalkboards lining the walls, Webb's classroom has a much larger than life drawing of a computer keyboard with left and right hand cutouts with colored keys showing which finger is used for each key.
Students use computers in conjunction with what they learn in their homeroom classes. Using word document programs the students created and published their own stories.
While studying nature and ecology students created computer drafted water-lifecycle charts and diagrams using layout-publishing software.
The teaching "aps" are geared with different tasks, subjects and software for different age groups and classes.
"They work with shapes and recognition activities like that in the kindergarten classes," Webb said. "Third grade classes have illustrated multiplication, division problems. They write poems and publish them using clipart and such."
Along with the hands on experience, technology has improved eyes-on learning.
Students in Lori Wycoff's first grade class bring iPads into their classroom a couple times a week. They use various drag and drop, and gaming aps for math and language skills, but Apple TV makes it easier for Wycoff to show students a particular ap or task by projecting anything on her keyboard onto a television screen the whole class can see.
"I can use it to show them exactly what we are doing and they can see it on the TV before doing it," Wycoff said.
The aps allow teachers to use video clips of different learning tasks in a format that many elementary age students are already familiar with due to their video gaming or watching television.
USD 350's technology classroom serves kindergarten through sixth grade. Classes share iPads bringing them into the classroom a couple times a week for various projects and lessons, but the rest of the week there are still a few of the familiar pencils, papers, books and maybe even a couple chalkboards.
Read more in our regional project Andover's eCademy and Technology in Education. See Technology in Classroom video as well.