While schools throughout the state swiftly move forward with providing students with more and more technology, Eastern Pulaski School Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman says the school board has decided to take technology there at a more manageable pace.
“There’s been many schools that have decided they’re going to give every student a computer, a hand-held device – it’s called the one-on-one approach, and there’s nothing wrong with that. We found at Eastern Pulaski, our approach would be moving forward a little bit slower. We’re going to put hand-held devices, iPads, in the hands of students in certain subjects and then keep expanding and growing from that,” stated Klitzman.
Klitzman says it will all start with a seventh grade science class this coming school year.
“Under the direction of Dr. Darlene Gordon, we’re going to do a different approach to learning. It’s called the flip method. Dr. Gordon is going to program and record a lot of her class and then give it to the students on their iPad where they can take it home and work on it.” Klitzman said.
When the students come back to that class the next day, they will participate in a discussion session about the presentation and move on with their studies.
If this class is successful, more science students in the seventh grade will have their own iPad.
“It’s going to always be student learning based. In other words, how is this device going to help students learn? We’re looking at it that way rather than, ‘Here’s this device, go run with it.’ It’s a little different approach and we feel this fits our needs and our students better,” said Klitzman.