PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. At Bedford Road School in Pleasantville, technology is better than it ever has been before. Principal Peggy Galotti said that not only was she proud of the growing presence technology is making in the school, but also the ways in which it has been acquired.
Im very happy to see that we as a school are growing in technology, but especially how we are receiving them from alternative ways that are an outside source, Galotti said.
The elementary school has been able to acquire new Smartboards and computer projectors for their classrooms along with iPads and wireless internet capabilities through donations and grants. The schools PTA gave the Smartboards to the school as a gift through money they raised in various fundraisers. A grant received through New York Life Company allowed the school to install wireless internet capabilities for their laptop cart, which circulates through the school from class to class with laptop computers so that students can access the internet to enhance their classroom learning. The school was also able to purchase ten iPads through a grant given by the Pleasantville Fund for Learning group that was supported by SEPTA.
Galotti said the iPads can be especially helpful with students that have special needs. The iPads are a wonderful tool, Galotti said. There are so many different apps out there that cater to students with special needs,
Superintendent Mary Fox-Alter reiterated the benefits that the technology can offer, especially the iPads. The apps are downloaded ahead of times, theyre educational and their screens to that they can be used in a classroom to enhance the learning environment, Fox-Alter said.
Galotti said that apps on the iPads can not only help educationally, but also socially as some apps can create virtual social situations for children so that they can feel more comfortable in a similar real-life scenario.
However, it all comes down to how the technology is utilized. New technology is great but its really only as good as the teacher in the classroom is at using it, Galotti said.
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