Local middle school going “All-Technology”

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By Emily Hilley-Sierzchula on May 14, 2014. No Comments

Middle school students at First Baptist Christian School in Marble Falls will be the first in the city to use E-textbooks in their lessons, a school official said Tuesday. “Next fall we’re starting a program that we call ‘1-to-1 Bring Your Own Device,’ for our 7th and 8th graders,” said Tammy Berkman, assistant principal at the private school. Core classes, including math, English, science, and social studies, will be taught using the technology.

E-textbooks are internet-based learning tools that allow students to access videos, articles, graphs, tables and other educational resources that relate to particular subject students are learning.

The program is modeled after San Marcos Academy, which started using E-textbooks three years ago after their 600 hours of research showed its benefits. Officials from First Baptist Christian School visited the academy and learned how its E-textbook program works and how to manage the computer systems.

“Overall we’ve had a lot of success with the E-textbooks, although the publishing world is still like the Wild West,” said San Marcos Academy principal Bob Bryant.

For the full story, see Friday’s Highlander.

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