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Kilgore ISD Foundation boosts technology in elementary classrooms

From Staff Reports
March 7, 2012 at 10 p.m.

Students at Chandler Elementary School soon will be taking learning into their own hands.

The Kilgore ISD Education Foundation has unanimously approved spending $50,100 toward the purchase of iPads for teachers and students at the elementary school. Board members approved the purchase of the equipment with the understanding that it will supplement the academic goals and objectives of the district, said to Board President Bobby Beane.

"This is the next step," Beane said. "We want our students to have access to the digital tools to help them excel."

The education foundation, a nonprofit organization, works to increase support of education activities in the school district through activities that are not funded by tax dollars.

Classrooms at Kilgore Heights Elementary School and Kilgore Intermediate School recently received iPads through other programs, said Karrie Clark, the district's instructional software specialist. The new initiative extends the plan to Chandler Elementary School, which houses students in first through third grades.

Teachers will learn to model digital-age learning as well as engage in professional growth and leadership, Clark said.

The foundation also extended its plan to place iPads and e-readers in libraries at Kilgore Intermediate School, Maude Laird Middle School and Kilgore High School that will be available for student check out.



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