Technology in the classroom: School administrators say it's "imp

Technology in the classroom: School administrators say it's "important" for students' growth

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

It is nothing new to most kids.

Cary Fulgham, the digital learning coordinator for Lubbock ISD, said devices, such as iPads, are integrated into the classroom as early as pre-K.

"In today's world, our kids come to us, and they've already experienced so much technology," Fulgham said. "Our pre-k classes will usually use it as an incentive or a station, so it's not primary in their lesson, because they need to do a whole lot of hands on activities."

Going into middle school and high school, students will use Google Chromebooks to turn in assignments and take quizzes. Fulgham said most classrooms also contain a SMART Board or other interactive displays.


Kenny Border, the superintendent for Shallowater ISD, said it is nearly the same setup at his district.

"One of the things we're going into is with Google Classroom," Border said. "The teacher can upload the assignment, and then the student can access that information outside of the classroom. They can do assignments, quizzes, things of that nature.

Both Fulgham and Border emphasize technology is an important resource to equip students with the skills they will need in the future digital age.

"We're attempting to prepare 21st-century learners, we're preparing children for jobs that don't even exist at this point in time yet," Border said. "So it's important for us to expose our kids to all aspects of technology."

The job force, as well as college, is changing, Fulgham said. The goal is to always support the learning, as well as give teachers the resources they need to help their students.

 

"Everything's changing as this world changes into more digital-based," Fulgham said, "and so, we just need to look at, are we really preparing them for what their future is."

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