Posted Online: Jan. 27, 2013, 8:07 pm

AlWood students learn on iPads

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By Sherrie Taylor, correspondent@qconline.com

Photo: Sherrie Taylor / Correspondent
Students at the AlWood Elementary school are excited about improvements in the computer lab. The AlWood Academic Foundation has provided IPads in the classrooms and hopes to increase the number used by the students. The AW Academic Foundation noted their 20th year in 2011 and total expenditures for the district during that time total $282,665. “The (AlWood) staff said they would like to get into new computer hardware and this is a chance to do that and also update,”AlWood Academic Board President Scott Garrett said, adding, “The students like the IPads and the Smart Boards they previously received drew a lot of interest.” During a visit to the computer lab, Social Studies teacher Sandy Spivey’s fourth grade students were working with Google Earth to do research. The students did a personal passport project, and chose places in the U.S. to research as places to visit. “The students made posters, did oral reports and after contacting National Parks, cities, Disney World, and other sites, some of them received letters,” Mrs. Spivey said. Other recent additions to interactive technology includes Promethean software and the Elmo hardware. For instance, a document camera can project an article to the screen with the capability to zoom in to view parts of the document in close-up. A new projector and the document camera will help first grade student’s work on their reading skills. Gifts received by the AlWood Academic Foundation will be used exclusively for the improvement of educational programs for students and the district. It is mandatory that no money be used for the district’s general budget or for the support of athletics. According to the Foundation, a minimum of 25 percent of all undesignated contributions will be placed in the endowment fund to ensure continued support for future generations of AlWood students. The financial summary listed total assets of $110,067 which includes an endowment fund of $91,535. The Academic Foundation board includes community residents, retired teachers, all who are voting members, as well as non-voting members, Superintendent Shannon Bumann, School Board member David Althaus and Teacher Jane Crapnell. AlWood eleentary students enjoy learning on the IPads provided in part by funds from the AlWood Academic Foundation. Board president for the Foundation, Scott Garrett, visited the school to find out about the improvement in technology for the students.( Photo by Sherrie Taylor)
ALPHA --Students at the AlWood Elementary school are excited about the improvements being made in the computer lab.
The AlWood Academic Foundation has provided iPads in the classrooms, and hopes to purchase more for student use.
In the Foundation's first 20 years, marked in 2011, itsexpenditures for the district totaled $282,665, according to its most recent annual report.
"The (AlWood) staff said they would like to get into new computer hardware and this is a chance to do that," said AlWood Academic board president, Scott Garrett."The students like the iPads and the SmartBoards" that were purchased in recent years.
Other recent additions to interactive technology include the ELMO hardware, which allows a camera to project documents onto a screen where the user can zoom in or out to view it.
A new projector and the document camera will help first grade students work on their reading skills.
Gifts received by the AlWood Academic Foundation will be used exclusively for the improvement of educational programs for students and the district. It is mandatory that no money be used for the district's general budget or for athletics.
According to the Foundation, a minimum of 25 percent of all undesignated contributions will be placed in the endowment fund to ensure continued support for future generations of AlWood students.