Rock Hill teachers get schooled on iPads

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comJuly 15, 2013 

Rock Hill school district teachers look for eBooks to align with curriculum standards during an iPad training camp Monday.

RACHEL SOUTHMAYD — rsouthmayd@heraldonline.com

The sun is finally out, but dozens of Rock Hill school district teachers aren’t heading outside to soak up the rays; instead, they’re going indoors at Mount Holly Elementary School for two days of iRock preparation.

Beginning this school year, every fourth- through eighth-grade student will have his or her own “personal mobile computing device,” or iPad, for use in the classroom and even at home.

But before these devices can be of much use in the hands of students, teachers have to learn how to use them and incorporate them into instruction. Training sessions are available throughout the summer.

“It’s been a lot of information,” said Kristin Culbreath, halfway through the first of two days of training.

Culbreath is a fifth-grade teacher at Richmond Drive Elementary School. She said she plans to utilize the iPads in language arts and social studies lessons for her students.

“This is really about helping you find tools to help your students,” said Heather Rollings, a fourth-grade teacher at India Hook Elementary, who was one of the teachers leading a break-out session on ebooks.

This iPad “camp” focuses on all aspects of the iPad, including how to alter basic settings and how to use different apps and software, such as Google Drive and QR codes, in the classroom.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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