UPDATED: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 1:21pm
Hewitt, TX — Midway ISD teachers "are taking leadership and learning into their own hands" with Wednesday's iSummit.The training gives teachers an opportunity to share ideas and explore new ways to use technology to their advantage in the classroom.
"This is an opportunity for us to learn from each other, to collaborate with each other, and to gain ideas," said Woodgate Intermediate School Principal Nick Smith.
"Our teachers are learning more and more and more all the time about how to teach with iPads and how to use it as a tool," said Midway ISD Spokeswoman Traci Marlin.
For the first time, students in every grade level will be issued an iPad to use in the classroom as a part of the district's "one-to-one initiative".
"iPads are going to give us that tool we need to keep kids interested, to keep them hooked," said Smith.
The "one-to-one program" was piloted back last year at Speegleville Elementary and proved to be very effective amongst the students.
"They were the number one of all their peer group in the state, and they had better progress than all of our other schools as well," said Marlin.
Teachers can use the iPads in a variety of subjects, including science, math, and music classes.
"It gives them another avenue to teach and to give students something visual," said Castleman Creek Elementary Science Lab Assistant Mikki Millhouse.
School resumes next week, and already, it looks like the teachers are off to a good start.