Rockwood School District kindergarten and first-grade teachers gathered at Babler Elementary
on Wednesday, with open minds and iPads in hand.
They were there for training sessions offered by the Technology Department, exposing the teachers to the world of educational possibilities that exists for their young students thanks to the district-issued iPads.
"It's exciting because it opens doors to more than just our four walls in our classroom -- to be able to create and also to educate," said Green Pines Elementary
kindergarten teacher Jenny Seaton. "It's an exciting time for these kids to be able to do it themselves. That's one way they can experience the world outside of our classrooms."
The iPad trainings are just part of what Chief Information Officer Deborah Ketring says the district is undertaking this summer thanks to bond issue funds. Ketring said her department has been installing network equipment at the new Eureka Elementary School, preparing 1,000 teacher and administrator laptops for the school year and readying 3,800 Chromebooks for distribution to middle- and high-schoolers over the next two weeks.