Less than one year ago, High Point University staff, faculty and students in the School of Education set out on a journey to improve the learning practices and test scores of students at Montlieu Academy of Technology, an elementary school located less than a mile away from the HPUcampus.
That journey -- the development of the iPad Project, which put an iPad in the hands of every student at the school, has produced abundant results. The school's principal, Ged O'Donnell, announced on July 10 that students' EOG scores increased by 13 percent in the 2011-2012 academic year, with significant gains made in math and science.
Last fall, HPU committed to providing funds for the elementary school to purchase the iPads. The teachers received training on the devices from HPU I.T. staff, as well as faculty from the School of Education. Education majors at HPU then assisted students in these classrooms throughout the year as part of their student teaching.
The iPads put a world of knowledge at the fingertips of the elementary students, and they created iMovies, Keynote presentations and iBooks throughout the year based on their research.
HPU was one of four community donors for the project. Without the help of community partners, "We would not be in the place we are today -- a school that is leading the way with the infusion of technology in the classroom," says O'Donnell.
Dr. Jane Bowser, assistant professor of education, had many students majoring in elementary education to serve as student-teachers in the Montlieu Academy classrooms. They worked one on one with the elementary students to show them not only how to use the iPads, but also how to learn and grow as a person thanks to knowledge and skills that can be discovered with the iPads.
In addition to propelling the elementary students forward in their education, HPU students are now prepared to utilize technology in an effective way in their own classrooms.
"This experience is exactly what our education majors needed to prepare for classrooms of the future," says Bowser. "Many times, after they've gone out student teaching in other schools, they've told me that technology isn't really implemented in classrooms and they don't feel like they need to understand it. But now, we can say that it is implemented in classrooms -- classrooms just down the street from us -- and they'll understand how to use it in their own curriculum."
Read more about the partnership and its impact on test scores here: http://www.news-record.com/content/2012/07/10/article/montlieu_wiley_test_scores_soar
HPU's Partnership with Local Elementary School Boosts EOG Scores by 13 Percent
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