Laser printing, computers and virtual reality are the new textbooks.
“Our hope is that when they’re using our devices or when they’re using any of our resources there’s a purpose behind it that will enhance their learning or further their learning,” says Rhonda Siemons, a Technology Integrationist for Fairfax School District.
For many schools the switch to this technology is boosting confidence in students.
“Students are more easily able to adapt to new technologies and more willing to take risks”, says Sean Theoret, another Integrationist for Fairfax. “They’re not afraid to make a mistake.”
Through apps on school computers or their cellphones, students can get one on one attention.
For some students who are learning English for the first time, Vitaily Kulapin of the Burlington School District say certain apps that might help.
“We use quizlet with immersion multilinguals a lot. Immersion multilinguals is a term I use for English learners. English learners can click on the button, and they’re studying for this, and it gives the definition.”
And technology integrationist’s say learning skills like coding and HTML language is something that will help them in the future.
“They’re different pieces of software but the critical thinking skills are the same. And they’re really the things that employers have said that they want students to do,” says Theoret.
“These kids, they will be the ones finding a cure for cancer. They will be the ones making new jobs. And if we don’t allow them to use it, it will kind of put an axe on their future and their ability to co create the future.”