iPad Program Expected to Help Montrose Students
KREX News Room
MONTROSE, Colo.- Technology is changing all the time and one Montrose school wants to make sure they keep up.
Columbine Middle School was selected for a pilot program that starts this week, and it's helping the kids go digital.
Thanks to Jim and Sharen Branscome, two generous Montrose residents who donated $60,000 to the Community Grant Challenge at Columbine Middle School, the school is now on the forefront of teaching with iPads.
“The whole goal of this program is to try to increase student achievement,” said James Burwell, teacher at Columbine Middle School. “One of the big voids in the district right now is technological devices. We should be able to teach kids 21st Century skills that they need in the workplace and in the world today.”
The middle school is now home to 120 new iPads for students, and every teacher in the school has one as well.
“Kids want to be involved with the technology and they haven't had that opportunity up to this point,” said Burwell.
“You can find lots of research as far as how technology and the use of technology help increase achievement,” said Ben Stephenson, principal of Columbine Middle School.
Students, like 7th grader Nate Stryker, say using these iPads makes learning a lot easier.
“Just being able to be fortunate enough to be a part of this technology. I like the fact that it is a lot lighter and easier to carry around,” said Stryker. “It’s a lot easier than having a book. You could email your teacher if you have to right from the iPad.”
Officials have one core group of students working on these iPads, and plan to assess many components of this particular group to see how the technology helps increase their academic scores.
“They are going to have this device and it's not going to be just learning inside the classroom,” said Burwell. “It’s going to be outside the walls of the classroom.”
School officials are also spending time with parents to talk to them about their responsibilities, and how to help their kids on these iPads.
Officials are hoping to get more iPads in the coming future, and if you would like to donate funds, call Mindy Baumgardner at 252-7901.