Rushville Republican

December 20, 2013

Throw yourself into it

By Marianne Scott Rushville Republican
Rushville Republican

---- — “The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.” (C. JoyBell C.)

Rush County Schools are taking steps to immerse students into the world of education through iPads. In a very real sense, the schools are throwing themselves into it and enjoying the many benefits of this additional learning tool. The schools are on an iPad journey.

Milroy Elementary School recently added 10 iPads to the classrooms. There will soon be approximately 80 iPads in the Rush County School system. The iPads have the added benefits of providing another way to interact with technology via the use of touch as opposed to a keyboard and mouse, as well as providing a wealth of apps for nearly everything. Many are finding that the saying “There’s an app for that...” really does hold true.

Some benefits include:

• Special Education - differentiated learning, accommodate students with special needs through use of apps, provide touch interactive learning.

• Kindergarten - touch feedback, basic eye and hand coordination, learning the basics such as shape recognition, the alphabet and words.

• Sixth Grade - increase student engagement, conduct web research, use “edutainment” apps to learn and play simultaneously, explore the world around us (i.e. Stellarium and LeafSnap).

“Rush County Schools can take great pride in knowing we are on the forefront of technology from K-12, to college and career-readiness, and beyond,” Shawn Iverson (Rush County Schools Coordinator of Technology) said.