Indian Crest Middle School receives grant for tablet computers

The Souderton Area School District School Board recently accepted a grant from Wal-Mart that will be used to purchase tablet computers for a math class at Indian Crest Middle School. Nicole Bauer, chair of the math department at Indian Crest, applied for the grant to bring tablets to her sixth-grade classroom.

The grant is in the amount of $1,875 and will be used to purchase six to eight tablets, said Maryellen Brousseau, the district’s director of curriculum. “We haven’t actually decided yet which tablet to purchase,” she said.

Her students are already using tablets in the classroom, Bauer said, though they have to use them in big groups. “I have students bring in their own device; unfortunately, not very many students are able to do this,” she said. “I provide three of my own, but I wanted more students to be able to use them during the activity, which would create smaller groups.”

The students currently use tablets to read QR codes, which they can use to check their answers or to generate additional math problems, Bauer said. They especially enjoy using them for QR scavenger hunts: “This activity allows the students to scan a QR code for a question to answer,” Bauer explained. “They then solve the question and find their answer on another paper hung around the room. When they find their answer, they scan the next question on that paper. If they can’t find their answer, then they have to try the problem again. It’s a great self-correcting activity.”

Bauer is also looking for other ways to use tablets in the classroom, such as having students record video presentations rather than just putting information on a poster. There are also apps that they could use as an extension of their learning, she said. They could even answer practice problems and get instant feedback.

The district should have the tablets purchased by the end of the month, Brosseau said.

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