Technology in the classroom has come a long way in 10 years, OKCPS says

As children and families head back to school, technology in the classroom is an important thing to help them. Oklahoma City Public Schools explained how allowing students to use certain devices in the classroom can help and how technology has changed in the classroom. the last decade. “With today’s technology and the Internet, kids can go beyond the two covers of a textbook,” said Eric Guilleman, OKCPS executive director of IT services. |MORE| It takes the entire village, from parents to crossing guards, to safely return children to school. From textbooks to tablets, technology is taking center stage in many school districts. At OKCPS, students as early as preschool have access to electronics. “Today we have about 11,000 iPads for grades K through 2 and about that many, maybe a little more, for grades 3 through 12 — we have Chromebooks for those grades,” Guilleman said. Every OKCPS classroom has interactive moving panels. Hileman demonstrated how the various technologies work and explained where the county was 10 years ago. “We had several iPads and Windows Dell laptops in our schools,” he said. The devices cost the county between $1,000 and $1,200 apiece, he said. Now the prices are lower. “Today, a Chromebook costs $429 with a case; Ipad, you’re looking at the same price,” he said. The pandemic has pushed the district to the brink of connecting every student.|MORE| Edmond Public Schools is ready to take on any challenge as the new year begins. “Because of the pandemic, we are now one on one,” he said. A 2021 study by research center Edweek found that 90% of educators said every middle- and high-school student owned at least one device by March of that year. Eighty-four percent said the same about elementary school students. Hileman said the technology allows students to stay in the classroom for more than six hours. “So they can learn literally anytime, anywhere,” he said.|MORE| OKCPS superintendent welcomes students back on the first day of the school year. As for next steps, the district hopes that students will begin to create, not just consume, information, use the products they make, and share them with the global community.

As children and families head back to school, technology in the classroom is an important thing to help them.

Oklahoma City Public Schools explained how allowing students to use certain devices in the classroom can help and how technology has changed in the classroom over the past decade.

“With today’s technology and the Internet, kids can go beyond the two covers of a textbook,” said Eric Guilleman, OKCPS executive director of IT services.

|MORE| The safe return of children to school requires an entire village — from parents to security guards

From textbooks to tablets, technology is taking center stage in many school districts. At OKCPS, students as early as preschool have access to electronics.

“Today we have about 11,000 iPads for grades K through second and about the same, maybe a little more, for grades three through 12 — we have Chromebooks for those grades,” Hileman said.

Every OKCPS classroom has interactive moving panels.

Guilleman demonstrated how different technologies work and explained where the district was 10 years ago.

“We had several iPads and Windows Dell laptops in our schools,” he said.

The devices cost the district between $1,000 and $1,200 each, he said. Prices are lower now.

“With a Chromebook today, you’re looking at $429 with a case; Ipad, you’re looking at the same price,” he said.

The pandemic has forced the district to overcome the hurdle of connecting every student.

|MORE| Edmond Public Schools is ready to take on any challenge as the new year begins

“Because of the pandemic, we are now one on one,” he said.

A 2021 study by research center Edweek found that 90% of educational institutions claimed that every middle and high school student had at least one device by March of that year. Eighty-four percent said the same about elementary school students.

Hileman said the technology allows students to spend more than six hours in the classroom.

“So they can literally learn anytime, anywhere,” he said.

|MORE| OKCPS superintendent welcomes students back on the first day of the school year

As for next steps, the district hopes students will begin creating, not just consuming, information, using the products they make and sharing them with the global community.

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