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Most teachers would probably agree that Padlets, Google forms and other tools have helped in the RPP, but any class must seize the means of technology to enhance the student's ability to learn, technology experts stress . 

"Do not let technology conducive to good teaching and learning," said Todd Smith Boardman about 40 secondary teachers and school who attended the presentation at a technology conference on Tuesday in the Boardman High School. Smith is superintendent of Instruction 

Information Technology and Management in Boardman schools. 

Two-day seminar on the theme "Think Different and Demand Rather," agreed at this time and to make it easier for school staff to stay current on the programs and applications to the best students help them achieve their academic goals. 

Also present were representatives of Google and Apple are introducing a new training program. 

Padlets website is a tool that allows teachers to create virtual bulletin announcements and can be easily changed to suit a given curriculum. Google forms are often used to create a survey and has applications for quizzes, tests, sports, student data base and many other uses, Smith, principal tech said. 

He also noted that many instructors and administrators need a "change of mentality" to more effectively reach more students. 


An important step toward achieving that goal step is to stop the traditional practice of standards-based curriculum around "average" students and use technology to help teach "children on the edge," those that could be gifted or have learning difficulties, said Smith. 

To emphasize the point, Smith showed participants a video titled "Myths average" which talks about how the Air Force has made ​​a number of changes in the cockpits of fighter aircraft. Design changes is recognized that no two drivers share identical sets of physical or mental characteristics. 

Similarly, the instructor should reject a one size fits all and adopt teaching methods that are sufficiently flexible to include technology, which takes into account the variety of ways students learn and account information processing, said Smith. 

"What are we doing? We've made a passive interactive instruction," he continued. 

One of those who benefited from said conference is Tim Smith Harker a Boardman Center Middle School sixth grade English teacher. 

"We have more technology to come, so this has made it easier to integrate," he said. 

Harker predicted that its practical application in the classroom, students can interact more easily with the lessons. That, combined with computers, it can increase its global interests, he added. 

Teachers are committed to additional requirements receive their choice of five iPads to 10 Chromebooks for their class. The device comes from the Regional Council of Mahoning County funds given to public school.

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