Imperial Valley Press: Digital learning to expandMay 4th, 2011 | By admin | Category: News, News Coverage
Chelcey Adami/Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer
CALEXICO — Calexico High School is expanding its use of technology in the classrooms this year through a federal grant and is the only school in the district using digital learning at its level, schoolofficials said.
The school began incorporating technology four years ago using categorical funding for training and tools such as digital “chalk boards,” educational video games, wireless tablets and student-response systems called “clickers.”
Through an Enhancing Education Through Technology $50,000 grant awarded this year, the school can expand the digital learning into classes, Assistant Principal Isaac Estrada said.
Student response systems gives immediate feedback on student comprehension and allows teachers to frequently check on the students’ progress while some of the other tools keep them more engaged while learning, Social Studies teacher Eliseo Cerros said. He added the use of technology helps build students’ confidence.
He pointed out that technology already infiltrates teenagers’ lives in every other way.
“A lot of them feel very comfortable working with the technology,” he said. “They’re used to all this.”
Cerros said creativity and budgets are the only limits for digital learning.
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