Learning with Technology

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November 20, 2014 9:00 AM

Cadence Stewart is a Grade 2 student at Queen Elizabeth School, who is enjoying using one of the school's iPads to research, communicate and share what she's learning in the classroom. - Jon Clarke Photo

Years ago, learning in schools was a little different.

But now, as we move further into the 21st century, technology is becoming an even bigger presence in our lives. And kids need to learn how to use it effectively and safely.

Queen Elizabeth School has adopted that technology in their learning with iPads that teach them how to research, communicate and share in ways like never before.

Robyn Torry is a Grade 2 teacher at the school who has been teaching children how to make the best of that technology. And last Tuesday, she got to share this new method of learning with a group from the Superannuated Teachers of Saskatchewan, while she taught one of her classes.

“We have had iPads in our school for a couple of years. And my Grade 2s have been using them since September,” she said.

Motivation and engagement are two benefits that come with learning on iPads, but it’s also an accessible tactic in learning, as children at many different levels can benefit from their use. It also comes as a means to bolster kids’ creativity, as they take pictures, craft videos, create e-books and document what they’re learning in personal blogs that they get to share with other children.

“Not only are they learning skills, they have instant researching skills at their hands if they have any wonderings of questions, but they’re also learning digital citizenship skills as well as different norms and etiquette to use while they’re on a mobile device and on the internet.”

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