The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local Education

April 9, 2012

Three R’s and a big ‘T’

Local schools seeking resources to help pay for technology

PENDLETON, Ind. — Technology plays a big role in everyday life, and many schools are testing the waters when it comes to new tech equipment. Others, well, they’re wading into uncertainty. Not because they don’t want more technology, but because they can’t pay for it.

Computers in classrooms and labs are fairly standard, but districts that can afford it are pushing the envelope. Schools such as Pendleton Heights High and Alexandria-Monroe Elementary already have wireless Internet and laptops for students to use in classrooms.

Pendleton Heights Principal Mark Hall said his school is also considering implementation of mobile devices such as iPads and iPods.

“We may expand (the technology), but it’s got to be something that’s truly driving instructional learning,” he said.

So the school is exploring flip classrooms in some science courses. Instead of lugging home school work, students go home and watch videos on the school’s website or YouTube. Then they spend the next day working on coursework in the classroom, where the teacher lends help.

“We’re taking a cautious approach to make sure we’re going in the right direction,” Hall said.

E-readers can be checked out through the school library. The school tapped general library funds, money that would routinely be used for hard-copy books, to purchase the e-readers. Other electronic items have been purchased with grant money.

A Mobi, a wireless interactive device connected to an overhead LCD projector, enables teachers to walk around the classroom and assist students while still writing on the overhead. Clickers linked to a teacher’s computer let students respond to questions anonymously — only the teacher can see who needs additional help.

Elwood High School is using clickers, Mobis and SMART boards. But the school’s tight budget means it can’t provide iPads or other advanced devices for students to take home. Principal Tami Eder noted that everyone is interested in more technology, but not all can afford it.

Valley Grove Elementary School Principal Jan Koeniger noted that “there’s always a push for more technology,” but when schools have to cut back on funds, money for technology is often among the first funds defrayed.

Valley Grove and schools in Anderson, such as East Side Intermediate — which has already received grants for SMART boards — are seeking ways to purchase more of that technology.

Koeniger noted that Valley Grove is currently raising money to purchase SMART boards, clickers and document cameras that can capture images, even three-dimensional forms, and display them on an interactive board.

Children learn quickly from technology that “puts information at their fingertips,” Koeniger said. “Kids are driven by technology now with phones and games. It holds their attention better than a book.”

Some websites enable teachers to subscribe to hundreds of books, noted Scott Deetz, principal of Alexandria-Monroe Elementary School. The school is beginning to adopt electronic textbooks rather than “outfit classrooms” with hard-copy books for every student.

Some classrooms are already using iPads for reading time. With the wireless Internet, books download in about five minutes, Deetz said.

Grants from the Indiana Department of Education have helped purchase those iPads, providing another example of how local schools are increasingly seeking resources to implement technology.

Find Dani Palmer on Facebook and @DaniPalmer_THB on Twitter, or call 640-4847.

Text Only
Local Education
  • South Madison superintendent contract OK'd South Madison Community Schools officials Thursday unanimously ratified a new three-year contract for Superintendent Joe Buck, and approved textbook fees for middle and high school students.

    July 24, 2014

  • Vaughan, Nancy Madison County grad rates and test scores improve, but still lag state High school graduation rates and standardized test scores in English, math and science all improved among public school students in Madison County from 2009 to 2013, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

    July 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • Pay for South Madison soccer coaches under review An ad hoc parent group wants the South Madison Community Schools board to consider raising the stipend for Pendleton Heights High School soccer coaches.

    July 21, 2014

  • FEA - HB0721 - Rotary Exchange - JC 1 Foreign exchange program builds lasting friendships Paulina Berger returned to her hometown in Olpe, Germany on Friday, but she left something important behind: part of her heart. The 16-year-old spent a year living with three host families in Anderson as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • FEA HB0721 ISU Normal Hall Work underway to restore ISU's Normal Hall The sounds of heavy equipment, impact drills and even a large wrecking ball are evidence of a renovation underway at Normal Hall, Indiana State University's oldest academic building.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • HHS class of '66 seeks classmates The Highland High School Class of '66 will host its 48th class reunion on Aug. 23. Contact information is needed for several classmates.

    July 19, 2014

  • Jottings: July 20 The following are brief Jottings items of local interest.

    July 19, 2014

  • AHS Class of '65 plans informal gathering The Anderson High School Class of 1965 will hold an informal 49th class gathering. The gathering will be Saturday, Aug. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Shouts Sports Pub (Cooper's Sport Bowl), 1920 E. 53rd St.

    July 18, 2014

  • NWS - HB0129 - snyder photo - SU Ivy Tech president attends apprenticeships summit

    Fresh from a White House-sponsored summit on expanding apprenticeship opportunities in high-growth industries, Ivy Tech Community College President Tom Snyder said some programs in Indiana are on the leading edge of that effort.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • ACS teacher fights suspension in federal court An Anderson Community Schools second-grade teacher who was dismissed and placed on paid administrative leave early this year is fighting the school system's teacher evaluation program in federal court saying her constitutional rights of due process were violated because she was not allowed to attend meetings where her classroom performance was discussed and evaluated.

    July 14, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide