Louisa-Muscatine School Technology Demo
Rick and I were at Louisa-Muscatine elementary school for the Technology demonstration, I as a candidate, and he as the technology director. This is a rural school which busses in all of its students, some riding as much as an hour each way to attend classes. It's a large elementary school with over 500 students. The building is relatively new, built in 1994, and was wired for computers from the beginning. They use computers a lot for drills and tutoring. The big new thing is the use of iPods for test taking. They especially tout the use by mainstreamed special students, who otherwise would need someone to read the questions to them - they can listen to the iPod and replay the questions as much as they want. This frees the teachers to be tending to the big picture.
Find out more at http://www.apple.com/education/profiles/louisamuscatine/
We were very well documented by several students with digital cameras who interviewed the candidates and recorded the presentation. I'm told that the report would be on the Flacon Network by the end of the week. There was someone from the newspaper there too.
I'm guessing that there is an opportunity for creating educational iPod content at the elementary school level.