Fifth grader, Elizabeth Levasseur said her imagination runs wild, but because of all the technology in her classroom, she gets to put it to work.
“Whenever we can use the green screen, we get to transport ourselves to other places, so we can be in the future or in the past,” Levasseur said.
Thousands of students across Washington County will explore more of what interests them out of the classroom too through a county-wide digital learning plan.
Kids at Emma K Doub Elementary School transform to architects by using a web-based platform where they build their own house.
Administrators said 12,300 iPads will be given out to students from the third grade to seniors in high school. In some instances, students are invited to bring the iPad home with them to get a better grasp on a wide variety of education apps.
“Personalizing learning is a key component in helping students to find how do they learn best, how do they show their knowledge,” lead teacher at Emma K Doub, Annie Anders said.
Administrators said there are security measures in place to make sure students are safe using this technology. But overall, teachers welcome the connection to the outer world in the classroom.
“It’s not just the teacher, it’s not just the parents, it’s just their fellow students that are looking at these projects, it’s the whole world as we see it,” Fifth grade teacher, David Dulberger said.
Even younger students are well aware of the benefits in understanding technology.
“I use [my iPad] all the time for school work. I don’t think I really have any notebooks now,” Levasseur said.
More than 1,800 teachers in Washington County were taught how to implement iPads in the classroom.