Newnan Crossing students earn iPads
by Celia Shortt
Tonya Copeland is a second grade teacher at Newnan Crossing Elementary who works diligently to get technology into the hands of her students.
Newnan Crossing does iPads to check out, but Copeland and her students found that they could utilize them all day.
“I searched for apps that added value to each lesson that I prepared,” she said.
She is also implementing programs in her room that require the use of technology. STEM incorporates science, technology, engineering and mathematics into the curriculum.
To make this program more successful for her students, she wanted to bring additional computer devices into the classroom.
Adding two iPad minis was the dream that Copeland and her students wanted to make a reality.
“Mrs. Copeland said that we could use the iPads in a center and that would make centers awesome!” said her student Layla Dorman.
An organization called Donors Choose allows businesses, friends and family members to donate money to a good cause. So Copeland’s class signed up and started collecting donations; some from friends and family, but also from local businesses.
From the kindness of 13 donors, they collected almost nine hundred dollars and were able to purchase two iPad minis and cases. “We are using them to listen to books, create books, become fluent at math facts, and research using QR codes,” said Copeland. “My students are motivated to complete their work so they can use the iPads and continue their learning through technology.”
“Now we can do research on Antarctica. I’ve learned that penguins live there, not Polar Bears,” added Keaton McNutt, a student in Mrs. Copeland’s class.
Reading skills are also being sharpened.
“I read The Leprechaun under the Bed on the ipads from the Reading Rainbow app,” said Noah Hite.
Mrs. Copeland and her students are thankful for the donors who made these new learning tools possible.