La Crescent-Hokah School District tries to expand technology

LA CRESCENT, Minn. (WEAU) -- You can’t go anywhere without seeing kids using the latest technology.

Now schools are trying to keep up too, learning how to make that technology a part of the curriculum.

Technology in the classroom is pretty sparse in the La Crescent-Hokah School District.

“We have smartboards, we have projectors, we have some laptops, and some iPads that are on carts, but it’s a challenge only having a small number for them for the students we have,” said La Crescent-Hokah High School math teacher Mark Moulton.

The goal is to give every student in the district their own electronic device.

However, the type of device students will use hasn’t been decided.

“It’s not about the hardware. It’s about what those tools can be used to do transform teaching and teaching,” said La Crescent-Hokah School Superintendent Ron Wilke.

The district said once students have their own devices they’ll be able to use their creativity and apply what they’ve learned to the real world.

“We’re really trying to move our students beyond just receiving taking information in, and demonstrating their understanding on tests,” said Wilke

“The main thing is being able to collaborate with each other. We don’t want them to be learning autonomously by themselves,” said Moulton.

Students said they’re excited the district will be able to keep up with other districts.

With their own devices through Lancer LearningHD, they said it will save them time too.

“We’ll be able to benefit from doing more work in the classroom rather than taking the time for everyone to gather their stuff, go to the lab, get on the computers in the lab and do our projects then, ” said La Crescent-Hokah High School freshman Bradley Erickson.

The district will pilot the initiative in one grade level next school year, but the grade hasn’t been decided.

The district said it isn’t sure yet when every student in K-12 will have their own device.


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