Technology takes students to new places

Maple Lake Elementary students communicate with a class in another part of the country using Skype during a Global Read Aloud. (Photos submitted)

Kindergartners learn math skills with iPad apps while brushing up on their iPad skills as well.

It’s not unusual to find a group of teenagers having a discussion about a book at Maple Lake High School.
What may qualify as unusual is when those discussions are taking place with teenagers on the other side of the world.
This is the kind of activity that happens at Maple Lake schools on a fairly regular basis thanks to technology.
“When I started, Maple Lake didn’t have a lot of tech,” technology teacher Nicole Casebolt said. “We infused a lot of technology and we were ahead of the game. Now we’re falling behind. Now teachers know how to infuse technology into the curriculum, but they don’t have access to it. It’s a balance trying to get them the tech they need to do a project.”

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