Maryville schools preparing to give tablets to all students

Maryville schools preparing to give tablets to all students

Posted:
Maryville teachers became the students Thursday, learning about the new devices they will be taking into their classrooms next fall. Maryville teachers became the students Thursday, learning about the new devices they will be taking into their classrooms next fall.
Kindergarten through third grade students will get iPads. Kindergarten through third grade students will get iPads.
Fourth through 12th grade students will get Dell tablets. Fourth through 12th grade students will get Dell tablets.
By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - Some Blount County classrooms are getting a little more technologically advanced. Maryville City Schools have launched a program that will allow them to give each student handheld devices like iPads.

Maryville teachers became the students Thursday, learning about the new devices they will be taking into their classrooms next fall.

"It is the way of the future, and we felt it was important that we prepare our students for college and career, and the workforce," said iReach Coordinator Amy Vagnier.

It is called the iReach program.

Kindergarten through third grade students will get iPads, and fourth through 12th grade students will get Dell tablets.

"We found that the younger kids just adapt so quickly to that touch-based technology, and they learn it so very very quickly," said Director of Technology Andrew Raulston.

School officials say it is going to take about two years to get the devices in the hands of every student in the district

They say it is costing them about $1 million per year, but they say that is money they already had in the budget. It is just being reallocated.

"You spend money on textbooks, and paper, and things that won't last, so we're going to look at just spending that money differently," said Vagnier.

Teachers say the learning possibilities are endless.

"The teacher kind of takes a secondary role. The teacher plans, and the teacher facilitates, but then she steps back and she lets the kids discover," said Maryville STEM teacher Miranda Reagan.

"The teachers are going to be able to go in and create video content on their own and put that in. They're going to be able to have interactive quizzes and tests so that the students can get almost instantaneous results," said Raulston.

Their hope is to continue moving their classrooms forward, one tablet at a time.

"It's more than just a device. It's really an instructional change, and it's looking at learning differently than we have in the past," said Vagnier.

School leaders say the older students will be able to take the devices home with them after school.

They are currently looking at a possible yearly maintenance fee for students' families, but that has not been decided yet.
Powered by WorldNow

1306 N. Broadway NE Knoxville,
Tennessee 37917

Telephone: 865.637.NEWS(6397)
Fax: 865.525.4091
Email: newsroom@wate.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Knoxville, Inc. A Media General Company.