Studies have shown that students who read out loud and then listen back to what they have read improve things like reading and speaking skills and even reading comprehension.
Sheridan County School District No. 2 is using iPad technology to test this theory. School District 2 Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Assessment Tom Sachse explains.
Reading comprehension is one area of improvement that is being addressed in terms of overall student development. Sheridan High School Principal Dirlene Wheeler is on a task force that has worked with studies that say curbing the drop-out rate can begin as early as elementary school, through monitoring third grade reading scores. Read out-loud iPad exercises are just one way they are promoting reading comprehension.
iPads are also being used in certain behavioral improvement strategies. For example, at Highland Park Elementary, students and teachers are using the technology to reduce suspensions. Students use the iPads to film correct behaviors in areas like the playground, the classroom, or the cafeteria. Videos are then reviewed by students about once per quarter, where students write about the behaviors they saw in the videos.
SCSD2 is also using the iPads among administration and district board members in an effort to go paperless.
An Apple retailer in Casper submitted a $71,850 bid to the SCSD2 board at last month's meeting for 150 iPad2s. Sachse said they should receive the iPads later this fall.