By Daivd Meade
During their meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Board members were updated on the District’s IPad technology instruction, a Mentoring program and the one cent sales tax referendum.
Associate Superintendent and Director of Instruction Jane Harrison showed an example of use of the new IPad technology with a movie trailer format book report put together by a student.
Harrison said district personnel received a week of training on the Airwatch filtering software being used with the IPads. The program includes content filtering and teacher tools and applications including an “All eyes on me” app with bring attention of students on IPads “back to the teacher”. Harrison reported staff development including 100 sessions on new apps and how to better use them.
She said student achievement has already risen and students are having to do the work with the new technology. There have been numerous instances of non motivated students now being very motivated, Harrison said. The technology is also allowing special education students to reach more goals, she said.
Kenny Gilliland, President of APEX Ventures, LLC, presented information on a mentoring program he is heading in Anderson District One.
Gilliland, who also works with the FRaZEE Dream Center in Greenville, is partnering with local business, churches and civic organizations and individuals on the mentoring program which works with struggling students.