As students get ready to head back to school, parents are busy stocking up on binders, notebooks, and crayons for their children. But these days, students are more often using an iPad or keyboard than mechanical pencil in the classroom.
Laptops, iPads, and Smart Boards are now standard in classrooms across the Ohio Valley and the United States–as technology continues to advance and enhance the learning experience.
And parents can expect to use some technology themselves as their children head back to school.
As local students get ready to head back to school, there are some new things they can expect in terms of technology. In Marshall County, they’re rolling out a new project that will have Kindergarten through 2nd grade students frequently using iPads. And all across the state of West Virginia, students will benefit from a new partnership with Microsoft.
“This will allow the parents, students to have access to the full Microsoft Online Suite from home. So, kids can even do work at home, save it to a Cloud area, and then access that same information when they get to school,” said Marshall County Schools Technology Coordinator Carla Garrison.
Another way technology is making it easier for students to work from home? Several textbooks offer an online component that parents and students can access to make learning more interactive.
Some parents may find the technological learning curve difficult to master, but Carla Garrison, technology coordinator for Marshall County Schools, says students have easily adapted to the technological advances, and she says integrating technology into the classroom now will benefit students in the future.
“Hopefully we’re getting them more prepared for the workplace because anywhere you go, any job you have, there’s going to be some sort of technology that you need to be able to use. We want everybody to have a good base knowledge of that,” said Garrison.
And a good base knowledge they’ll have as each school in the county has a computer or laptop lab available for instructional use.
Along with making learning more interactive, the US Department of Education says bringing technology into the classroom can also stimulate motivation in kids and promote equity.