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Technology in the everyday classroom

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Ms. Keaton is explaining to one of her second graders how to navigate the website they are using for a Thanksgiving research project. Ms. Keaton is explaining to one of her second graders how to navigate the website they are using for a Thanksgiving research project.
The students are able to use their tablets to scan a QR code from the teachers tablet to open up a website for their research project. The students are able to use their tablets to scan a QR code from the teachers tablet to open up a website for their research project.
USC student teacher, Brooke Bowen, explains to her second graders how to start todays activity of researching Pilgrims and Indians for a Thanksgiving project. USC student teacher, Brooke Bowen, explains to her second graders how to start todays activity of researching Pilgrims and Indians for a Thanksgiving project.

By Abby McDowell, Carolina News

K-12 schools in South Carolina are incorporating more and more technology into their classrooms. Schools like Springdale Elementary in Lexington County are one of those  who have now gone one to one.

"One to one means that every child has their own tablet and here in Lexington 2 we have been utilizing the Samsung Galaxy tablets and now grades 3-8 and even high school will be utilizing I-Pads," Jim LeBlanc, Assistant Principal says.

Every student at Springdale is provided a tablet at the beginning of the each school year, something they say started in 2014.

Wendy Keaton has been a teacher for 21 years and she says the tablets have become an everyday part of the learning process.

"They really enjoy using tablets and they ask if they can get their tablets to do research or to look up a topic and as far as the learning goes they want to use it more frequently, so therefore they seem to be more engaged," Keaton explains.

She says the technology makes tasks quicker and easier.

"Right now we're doing nonfiction writing and teaching them how to write like a scientist. So the technology has been great and we've had them come up in small groups and research things," Keaton says.

The technology is not only changing the way the students learn but it can also be a major adjustment in teaching style as well. But, younger teachers coming into the field may have an advantage.

"Our generation really uses technology in our everyday lives so I think that makes it easier coming into the classroom because I already have so much background in my personal life from technology," student teacher Brooke Bowen explains.

The technology we use is advancing everyday. Teachers in school districts, like Lexington Two, believe it is important to prepare their students for future jobs in the tech-savy world they are growing up in. Having hands-on technology in the classroom is the schools answer.

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