Making learning more high tech

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Technology is changing the way students learn.

More mobile devices are popping up in classrooms.

“We’ve just received 4 iPads per classroom in our kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms,” said Independence Elementary School 5th grade teacher Jenna Sonsalla.

On Friday, teachers, student teachers and paraprofessionals were learning how to incorporate technology into the classroom.

The 108th annual Western Wisconsin Education Conference was at the La Crosse Center’s North Hall.

This year’s theme was Ready…Set…Mobile! Transforming Education with Technology.

This year participants brought their own electronic devices, because all of the sessions were interactive.

Teachers said using technology in the classroom is important, because it helps students learn better and keeps them motivated.

“So if there’s a specific weakness or a specific strength that they’re able to use it to help their learning, and they can kind of become a little bit more engaged, a little bit more responsible,” said Sonsalla.

Teachers said monitoring is key to making sure students use technology effectively.

“If they’re producing quality work, then you know they’re well trained in being able to use it. Using a Chromebook is more than just typing up a document,” said Westby High School algebra & geometry teacher Keith Kenyon.

Innovative Educator Consulting CEO Naomi Harm said when mobile devices go home with students, parents often want to know more.

“So you’re basically educating the whole family to become more technology literate,” said Harm.

However, not every school district has a mobile device for each student.

Harm said if that’s the case for your child, and you want to get one for them, you should stick to your budget, and figure out what you want your child to learn.

Teachers said they don’t think a student is too young to use technology in the classroom.

However, they said it’s important for technology to be used in an age appropriate way.

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