Technology in classrooms draws educators from area
POSTED: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 11:11am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 11:25am
WHITE OAK, TX — Lobos and Lions gathered Tuesday on Roughneck territory for a lesson on incorporating technology into the classroom.
With White Oak ISD being recognized as one of seven school districts in the state for its technology integration, representatives from Longview’s Forest Park Middle School, Henderson ISD, Tyler and the Region 1 Education Service Center in Edinburg came to White Oak to learn about its use of iPads, MacBooks, blogs and other technology.
“Education is supposed to be driven by society. We have to meet the needs,” said White Oak Superintendent Mike Gilbert. “It is realistically impossible for us to keep up because it grows at an exponential rate, and technology changes daily. But we have to make sure our kids are exposed to technology. We need to incorporate into their everyday learning experiences.”
White Oak teachers incorporate tablets, laptops and other devices into everyday lessons, Director of Curriculum Mitzi Neely said. Additionally, the district encourages students to bring their own devices from home to be used in the classroom, she said. All of the devices can connect to the district’s wireless network and are subject to the same filtering.
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