SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK: Whitko teachers become tech savvy

SOUTH WHITLEY — As the 2013-14 school year got underway, it wasn’t just students returning to the classroom with new school supplies, but teachers as well.Whitko Community School Corporation rolled out its 1-to-1 technology plan with the start of the new year. The goal is to place technology, such as tablets and laptops, in the hands of every Whitko student.A small group of high school students were introduced to tablets, and in just two weeks the devices have become an additional learning tool in the classroom.At the same time, teachers were given the technology to monitor student progress and assist in classroom instruction.It was a learning curve WCSC anticipated, and in turn, the corporation hired someone to act as a liason between teachers, students and the technology department.Taking the reins as the common thread between the 1-to-1 users is Tony Phillips, Whitko’s tech integration specialist. After 27 years of teaching in the classroom, he now collaborates with teachers to maximize the 1-to-1 plan.“This is the wave of the future. It’s what’s happening already in these kids lives,” Phillips said. “The students have skills beyond my own, but its the teachers that are looking for ways to use this technology in their classroom.”A group of Algebra I students were the first to try out the tablets at Whitko High School, however, Phillips said there are technology advances in both South Whitley and Pierceton Elementary Schools.To read the rest of this story, see the Aug. 28 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.