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District Personnel To Visit Clarksville

<p><strong>Electronic age.</strong> Karen Halford shows Booneville School Board member Todd Preston how to use an iPad during last week’s school board meeting.</p>

Electronic age. Karen Halford shows Booneville School Board member Todd Preston how to use an iPad during last week’s school board meeting.

Administrators and teachers from the Booneville School District will be visiting with counterparts in Clarksville about a procedure they have adopted.

No, it’s not the one for which the Clarsksville district has been in the news of late. Rather than arming school personnel, the educators will be discussing text books.

More specifically, a lack thereof.

Booneville Schools Superintendent John K. Parrish told the Booneville School Board last week the plan was to go learn the positives and negatives of a one-to-one program regarding books.

Clarksville, Parrish said, went to a program in which text books are stored on electronic devices, such as iPads or laptops, in order to save money on textbooks.

To give the board a visual idea of how powerful the idea can be, English/journalism teacher D.J. Embry and BHS librarian Karen Halford demonstrated iPad use for the board Tuesday.

Halford said she is “excited about the possibility of us going one-to-one. Things like this are so nice for our kids to be able to learn.”

Currently the school has a couple of iPad carts that can be checked out of the library by teachers for use in their classrooms — Halford said demand is so great there is a waiting list every day and carts are often split between classes if one class doesn’t need all of them — for research, lessons and or presentations.

For instance the devices have an application — app, for short — that allows pre-AP chemistry to learn “all the vocabularly they have to have before (Amanda Suttles) is trying to teach them, and this is a more interactive, self-paced way to do it than her just standing up there and telling them what every little thing means.”

Those preparing papers have, or likely will, become acquainted with an app called EasyBib that uses a QR code scanner to create a site in proper form, whether it be in APA, MLA or Chicago style. And, because the Apple apps for documents or presentations are compatible with Word or PowerPoint there are no conversion issues.

Another apps allow students to store their work in, essentially, cloud drives which means all that is necessary for a student to be able to access work is internet connection. For presentations, the iPad can connect to AppleTV devices that reflect the image onto a smart board through a projector.

Students are also able to do so with their own Apple devices.

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