The Foundation funded two summer technology camps in July that introduced GVSD fifth and ninth grade students to the iPad. As part of the District’s one-to-one technology effort, students in those grades received iPads this year as part of their instruction. The camps were free opportunities for interested students to get an advanced look at the technology. More than 90 students participated in the two camps.
Each camp lasted four days. Students initially learned iPad basics with settings and functions. They also learned productivity apps within Office 365, such as OneDrive, email, Word and OneNote. Students learned basic troubleshooting like how to reboot, close apps, or reconnect to wifi. Over the course of the camp, each student completed a stop-motion movie using the iPad and produced a one-minute movie preview about the camp to advertise for next year. In addition, ninth grade used iMovie to produce “how-to” videos for their peers. The “how-to” videos will be available on the district’s website for iPad users to view.
“The technology camps were a great opportunity to give students a look at the iPad,” said Director of Instructional Technology Jason Rasmussen. “While they came to the camp with various levels of experience – some never having used an iPad and some with a basic knowledge of it – I think everyone learned something new.”
All students in fifth and ninth grade received an iPad from the District in August that they will use throughout the school year. However, students who completed the camp were able to take their iPads home in July. “It was just a little bonus time for them to become familiar with the device,” said Rasmussen. “In that way, they will be prepared to support their peers in the classroom.”