Collaboration through innovation
Written by Angie Calantjis
At Franklin Middle School in Greeley, CO, the iPads are the talk of the hallways. This new interactive medium allows students to take a break from the traditional textbook and learn 21st century style. Teachers and students had nothing but positive things to say about The Success Foundation’s iPad project.
“It’s different, it’s unique”, 8 th grade social studies teacher Chuck Sparks said about the iPads in the classroom. Sparks explained how the iPads allow the students to navigate through things easily. The class assignment was to determine if Andrew Jackson was a hero or a villain, so the students got on their new devices and searched videos to better understand the subject. There was a true sense of teamwork and collaboration as the iPads were shared throughout the classroom.
In a 7th grade classroom, Jeff Hepner was an enthusiast about implementing the iPads in the classroom. “They want to use them all the time”, Hepner stated. He explained how the iPads allow kids to work at their own pace. When asked how the iPads have been helping, Gabby, a 7th grader, expressed the sentiment that the iPads help her find new words and ideas that she doesn’t know well. A lot of the students agreed it is easier to find information on the iPad than searching through a textbook.
Evan King, a 6th grade social studies teacher, expressed that the ownership of responsibility on the internet is a great way to help students’ development. “It’s really cool that the kids can relate, too.” The quick access the iPads provide helps students identify the who, what, when, where, and why of the task at hand. Franklin Principal Chris Ingram supports the iPads in the classrooms 100%. She states, “The technology supports students of all different learning levels. It makes learning interactive and collaborative.” Ingram explained how it’s actually easier for kids to pay attention and stay on task easier. “Students of this generation like it… they like to manipulate data, pictures and videos.” The collaboration in the classroom is a positive outcome of how the iPad project has been a success.
Kids in this generation are constantly surrounded by technology. Now that it’s integrated into the classroom, it only comes naturally to them!