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Students in Jacci Spencer’s third grade classroom do group reading exercises on the district’s new iPads, which have been integrated into kindergarten through third grade classrooms. Students really like being able to use the technology, and according to the technology director for the district, Scott Besecker, they’ve really embraced the iPads in their everyday classroom use, and they’re having fun while doing it.
BRADFORD - Bradford Exempted Village School District is aiming to beef up their technology offerings before the 2014 Common Core Standards come into effect in the state of Ohio, said David Warvel, district superintendent.
The district was recently able to acquire 32 Apple iPads for use in the kindergarten through third grades through a Rural Education Achievement Program grant, he said. This has allowed the district to get elementary students up to speed and into a comfortable place with technology, and the students are loving it, shared Scott Besecker, the district’s technology director.
The big push for advancing technology at Bradford has a lot to do with the new standards and online testing that come with the Common Core Standards, which will hit Ohio schools in 2014, and Bradford wants their students to be prepared for the difference between pen and paper testing and computerized testing, said Besecker.