Created on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 Written by MANDY LOEHR
Several students who just completed kindergarten at Northeastern Elementary were excited during Monday evening’s Bellefontaine Schools Board of Education meeting to show off an interactive learning tool they used last school year.
Bryce Harris, left, demonstrates programs on an iPad mini to Bellefontaine Schools Board of Education member Tim O’Rielley during Monday evening’s meeting. Also pictured are member Brenda Sanford, student Zander Impson and Superintendent Beth Harman looking at another iPad. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR)
Kindergarten teacher Lauren Burkhardt received grant funding to purchase 26 iPad minis for her classroom, which were implemented during February with the help of Bellefontaine City Schools technology specialists and also a tech administrator from Upper Arlington Schools.
Each student was assigned an iPad to use during lessons and also to play games on with various apps where they could practice skills such as counting, number recognition, adding, sight words and writing different letters of the alphabet.
The “Kinderpads,” as the iPads were sometimes called in the classroom, proved to be an effective learning tool that kept students’ undivided attention, Mrs. Burkhardt said.
“All of the students were engaged and couldn’t wait to use the iPads for different assignments each day.
“At the end of the school year, all but one student had met benchmarks that had been set, and I think it’s because they enjoyed practicing the different concepts so much. It didn’t seem like work when it was on the iPad.”
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