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East Moline students learning with technology

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An East Moline elementary school has incorporated technology into the classroom.

Teachers at Bowlesburg Elementary School said the technology is an important part in children’s lives and education.

The East Moline school district has taken the same pieces of technology that fascinate children, and used them for educational purposes.

“We’re the lucky ones in our school I guess,” said teacher Jennifer Neff. “We were chosen to have an iPad classroom. It’s helped with learning so much. It’s fun.”

Neff said her class uses the technology to practice spelling, work on math skills, and even learning the 50 states.

Teachers said another positive of the iPads is the reduction in paper use and the amount of books the classes have access to.

“We don’t have a lot of money in schools these days, so, you’re able to read books online free, which is nice.”
Third grade teacher, Shannon Miller said they have access to a classroom management system that is a free online program. It allows classes to reward or reprimand different behaviors. Each student has their own account and if they do something good during the day their iPad makes a positive ‘ding’ sound. Something bad like disrespecting another student or becoming distracted will cause a negative tone, which Miller says gets students back on track.

Miller said she’s noticed a change in the students and teachers said the kids really like the new technology.