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College Park school iPads to help meet Common Core
by Christine Fonville
September 04, 2013 11:26 AM | 2773 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Teachers at Love T. Nolan Elementary school said they were excited to receive their own Apple iPads as an incentive to increase technology use in the classroom in August.

The iPads were received earlier this month and provided by a fund for Title I schools through the district.

Fourth-grade English and social studies teacher Yolanda Snipes said the new technology is already being implemented in her classroom.

“The iPad has become my personal assistant and a great learning tool,” she said.

Snipes said she now has access to “cutting-edge teaching strategies and programs to assist in efficiency on a daily basis.”

She also said the technology makes it easier to keep parents aware of their students’ activities in the classroom.

“I am able to keep account of student behavior and progress and notify parents on a daily basis,” she said.

Snipes and Principal Chandra Lemons said the iPad will help classrooms with Common Core Performance Standards.

The standards are designed to help prepare students for “college and the 21st-century workplace,” according to the Fulton County school website, and were adopted in all Fulton County schools last year.

“Students and teachers need to be more technologically prepared and [the iPads] provide a way of learning that is different from traditional paper and lecture learning,” Lemons said.

She also emphasized the iPad’s potential to connect with students who learn kinetically and visually.

“All students learn differently and this device incorporates and encourages different learning styles,” Lemons said.

Snipes agreed the “cutting-edge technology will impact students positively.”

“Incorporating the iPad into classroom demonstrations and collaborations brings 21st-century learning to our fingertips,” she said.

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