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Integrating Innovation in the Classroom

Top of the World Elementary’s second-grade teacher Linda Barker finds that her student’s knowledge of technology  advances with every school year.

Barker recognized this knowledge as an opportunity and introduced the iPod touch to personalize student learning.

“Students are already adept at using smart phone technology and they have a natural connection to small, hand-held devices,” said Principal Ron La Motte. “We are also seeing more and more applications being created for the iPods, which will assist with differentiation of instruction.”

Barker attended two training workshops on how to best implement the devices in the classroom. “Technology is transforming the way we approach everything, including how we teach,” said Barker, who uses the tool across the curriculum.

The iPods were made possible through a grant from the SchoolPower endowment.

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