Using iPods to Turn Students On To Reading (Part 1 of 2)

The eCAP program at El Crystal Elementary School in the San Bruno Park School District is a unique take home audiobook program where 40 targeted students use iPods to listen to and read from several different literature books.  Principal Skip Johnson and several teachers and students share the program and explain how the program has increased student achievement and motivation to read.  Stay tuned for Part 2 to learn how to set up a program like this in your school or district!

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Developing a Learning Community For One Laptop Per Child Implementation

George Lieux, Technology Integration Specialist at Fort Smith Public Schools in Fort Smith, Arkansas shares a program that was recently implemented in the district.  Several classrooms, from 2nd grade to 12th grade, received a mini-notebook (UMPC) for every student in the classroom.  As the lead technology professional development trainer, George highlights how he trains the teachers virtually to model the use of the laptops and to promote project-based learning.

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Classroom Walkthroughs and Observations In The Palm of Your Hand

Kenny Pennington, principal in Monticello School District in rural Monticello, Arkansas demonstrates how he uses a handheld computer while observing a computer/technology teacher at the high school.  Kenny shares the process to quickly record observations and how he engages his teachers in a continual improvement process.

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