Local Christian school adds technology to classrooms [Hamilton JournalNews, Ohio]
(Hamilton Journal News (OH) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Aug. 17--FAIRFIELD -- Students at Cincinnati Christian Schools underwent a two-day Apple Camp this week to prepare for the integration of technology into their classrooms this year.
Cincinnati Christian began its digital conversion last year, said Brett Henry, information technology services director. All students in grades seven through 12 now have an 11-inch MacBook Air -- about 450 devices total for the school.
The Apple Camp this week was for 155 students in grades seven through nine to get acquainted with their new technology devices. Through the learning management system Haiku Learning, students will be able to complete homework assignments, watch lessons, access textbooks and participate in group discussions and other collaborative work.
"The end goal is to raise academic rigor, test scores and student participation," Henry said.
Henry said the program will expand to fourth through sixth grades in the 2014-15 year, and third grade the following year. On the primary level, in grades kindergarten through second, students will get more exposure to iPads this year.
"All content will be delivered electronically; it is virtually limitless what we can do," Henry said.
As part of the Apple Camp, students had to create a three-minute video using iMovie. Eighth-grader Hannah Randall, of Hamilton, said her team created a video about the first day of school gone wrong, complete with late arrivals and bullying.
"It will be easier to type, rather than write," Randall said. "Last year all my papers got scattered everywhere."
Randall said she was somewhat familiar with the Mac device because her family uses a Mac computer at home. She said her parents are happy she's getting a school computer because it will be easier for her to stay organized.
Henry said an additional fee of $372 for families pays for the use of the computer and software.
"These kids are digital natives; they are born with devices in their hands," Henry said. "The teachers are digital immigrants."
Cincinnati Christian's program is modeled off the technology strides made at Mooresville Graded School District in North Carolina to put 5,000 devices into the hands of students in grades three through 12.
Sarah Schmitt, junior high social studies teacher, said she's made multiple visits to Mooresville to prepare for her own classroom's move to digital this fall. She's excited to take her students on virtual tours of archaeological sites and foreign countries.
"It's the modern world finally come to meet the classroom," Schmitt said. "I'm a student of the digital age myself and I am more comfortable with that. I feel we're getting up to speed."
Cincinnati Christian has made an estimated $100,000 investment over three years in technology infrastructure and equipment, Henry said. The 2013-14 school year begins Aug. 22.
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