New Tech Effort Aids RES Students

Thursday, December 19, 2013
Sixth graders continue their classroom lesson on new Google Chrome Books purchased as part of Rector elementary's technology initiative.

A new initiative in place at Rector Elementary School is making technology more easily accessible to students. Through their new one-to-one imitative, the school has purchased new laptop computers for its sixth grade classes.

"With the digital age upon us, we felt like implementing more digital technology in our classrooms was an ideal step for our students and our school," elementary principal Nate Henderson said. "One way that we're accommodating that is through our one-to-one initiative in elementary."

Each sixth grader is able to use a Google Chrome Book with access to individual wireless printers. For many students, the experience is further strengthening their technical experience.

"Kids are adept to learning digitally," Henderson said. "That's the direction we're going as a school, and as a society."

The laptops give the students access to a wealth of information through internet research.

"We were just talking about the Great Depression, and with these (laptops) they're able to get online and research more information than they're able to find in their textbooks," RES sixth grade teacher Christen Holmes said.

With each child utilizing a computer rather than sharing, students are able to progress more naturally when working on an assignment.

"With each student using their own computer, they can go at their own pace," sixth grade teacher Susie McCarroll said. "It allows them to be more at ease and more likely to retain what they learn."

The computers also have email access to allow students to submit completed assignments electronically. The system is equipped with several safeguards to curtail any inappropriate use while online.

The new Google Chrome Books join the mobile lab of laptops already in use at RES.

"Our mobile lab can go to any classroom and allow the students there access to that technology," Henderson said. "The mobile lab and our new initiative are just two ways we're working to provide more opportunities to our students. We want them to learn, grow and become the very best they can be. We feel like these programs will help them reach that goal."

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