Using new iPad tech

Teachers and students are finding new ways to use technology in Webster City classrooms.

At Monday’s meeting of the Webster City Community School District Board of Directors, the board heard presentations from local teachers on how they have incorporated new tools into their lessons about a month after the one-to-one digital learning initiative rolled out.

Teachers and several students from Pleasant View and Sunset Heights Elementary Schools, Webster City Middle School and High School presented to the board, many using the very iPads they were given as part of the rollout. One young student shared how he learned about personification and used his iPad to show a video story he made about the everyday life of his shoes.

Nich Plueger, Webster City Middle School Physical Education teacher, said he has used iPads in his classes. Students can film themselves shooting a basketball or running and reflect on their motions and improve their form.

Plueger has also created a video with students performing dance routines to apply for a grant through the National Football League’s Play60 program that encourages daily play and fitness.

The board also approved a lease agreement to bring new printers into schools. The four-year agreement will replace the five-year-old printers currently in the school at the cost of $1,304.75 per month. Superintendent Mike Sherwood said the printers will likely be installed over Christmas break.

In other business, the board approved the adoption and distribution of the district’s crisis plan following review with Webster City Police Chief Brian Hughes.

The board is set to meet next on Dec. 9.