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Bond Issue Updates: Tech Upgrades

Instructional Technology staffer Ellen Downs leads an iPad training session at Babler Elementary.
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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.

Chromebooks were issued at Selvidge Middle​ and Marquette High on Thursday, Aug. 1, and the plan is to continue distributing them at LaSalle Springs Middle and Rockwood Valley Middle​ on Friday, Aug. 2; Wildwood Middle​ on Monday, Aug. 5; Lafayette High​ on Wednesday, Aug. 7; Eureka High and Rockwood South Middle on Aug. 8; Rockwood Summit High​ on Aug. 13; and Crestvi​ew Middle​ during the first week of school.

Ellisville Elementary first-grade teacher Emily Shockley smiles and shows off her iPad artwork.Kindergarten and first-grade teachers learn how to use iPads to enhance student learning at a training session.Kindergarten and first-grade teachers learn how to use iPads to enhance student learning at a training session.