High school teacher eager for what's next

One Greenwood teacher is ready for a decision about how students will use computers and the Internet in their classrooms.

Jorge Garcia was one of four Greenwood Community High School teachers who participated in a pilot program last school year. His job was to see what would happen if the 14 students in his Spanish IV were given iPads.

He quickly found his students were distracted by the tablets, which didn’t connect easily to the Internet. And they had no external keyboards, which meant they didn’t work well with writing assignments.

This year, Greenwood’s pilot program has expanded, and Garcia started using new devices with more of his students. About 28 sophomores and juniors in his Spanish III classes are using laptops, and 24 of Garcia’s Spanish IV students bring their own laptops and tablets from home.


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