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iPad program expands in Boulder Valley elementary classrooms
In her class last week, they used a cartoon app to draw pictures for stories they wrote based on fairytales. Once they had pictures, they added music and then read their story out loud into the iPad. The app turned everything into a digital story with animated pictures.
"We know we're on to something," said Fran Ryan, CEO of Impact on Education.
They used the devices easily, a few getting help from classmates if they needed it, and stayed happily engaged as they used clues to find 3D images of volcanoes, islands, canyons and other geographic features.
Ryan is one of three Boulder Valley schools participating in a pilot program with Impact on Education, a nonprofit organization that supports the school district. The program, now in its second year, focuses on using iPads to reinforce literacy, science and math skills.
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Ryan third grade teacher Chris Hamlyn said she likes the way the iPads encourage students to troubleshoot and collaborate.
In the first year, Impact provided 100 iPads at Ryan Elementary, Boulder's Foothill Elementary and Broomfield's Aspen Creek K 8 for use by about 400 students. Impact also provided training for 28 teachers at those schools on how to use the devices to support instruction.
The startup costs for the program so far are up to $280,000. Half comes from Impact, the other half from the Boulder Valley School District."It opens them up to the world of technology," said fourth grade teacher Molly Hayes.
program to 38 teachers reaching 1,000 students at the three schools. Next school year, the plan is to add a fourth school and continue to expand the program at the other three schools.
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Teachers at Ryan Elementary also receive help from fellows in the University of Colorado's "GK 12" program, which sends graduate and undergraduate science students to teach lessons in Boulder Valley classrooms.
Hayes said providing iPads is a way to reduce the digital achievement gap between students who have access to tablets and other similar technology and those who don't. Last school year, classes that used the iPads saw improved results in one of the two units compared.
Fifth graders Sam Chen, left, and Jamie Luna explore the Grand Canyon using Google Earth on an iPad at Ryan Elementary School in Lafayette on Jan. The iPads come loaded with 20 educational apps chosen out of hundreds by the program manager, who's a licensed teacher.
"It creates experts and leaders," she said. "It's really, really motivating for them."
LAFAYETTE Ryan Elementary fifth graders recently started a unit on landforms by going on a scavenger hunt using Google Earth on their class iPads.
Students using the devices at Ryan were thrilled with the technology, saying they liked the "coolness" factor and the ease with which they could create projects. Teachers report that even the students who aren't usually engaged in class are eager to participate when the iPads come out.
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