Adams receives 6 new iPod Touches [UPDATED]Published 10:40am Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Updated 7:32pm Wednesday, October 24, 2012
While Fergus Falls Public Schools haven’t made the move to iPads like Perham, Barnesville and West Central Area schools, students at Adams Elementary are still getting a taste of a high-tech learning environment with iPod Touches.
The iPods are primarily used to assist students with math and reading, said Adams teacher Kim Walvatne.
“The boys and girls have been very faithful to handle them properly,” she said.
The school has had seven iPods for about three years, and even though about 100 students share them every day, there has never been an incident involving damage or misuse, Walvatne said.
“(iPods) allow students to work at their own individual level,” said Adams teacher Sue Moore. “We have some kids working on adding and subtracting, and others are starting to get into multiplication and division. This meets the needs of all of our students.”
Within the next two weeks, the school will receive six new iPods thanks to a grant from the 544 Education Foundation.
The iPods being used now still work, but they have been used so extensively that the battery life is diminishing, said Walvatne.
“It’s a wonderful gift,” said Moor. “We don’t take that for granted because (the 544 Education Foundation) only has a certain amount of money to go around.”
The new iPods will also allow teachers to download the latest educational applications. The three-year-old iPods are too outdated for some of the newer apps, Walvatne said.
Students said they have enjoyed the opportunity to use iPods in the classroom.
“It’s kind of cool,” said first grader Jesus Carrillo.