Ada City Schools awarded technology grant

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ADA, OK --Students at Willard and Washington Grade Centers in Ada will soon be getting a high-tech upgrade in the classroom.

The schools were awarded a technology grant of over $14,000 from Fairmount Minerals Foundation, which will go toward buying iPads for the classrooms."

Ada City Schools Superintendent, Pat Harrison, said it'll be a great tool to help enhance the students' learning experience.

"It just gives our kids another opportunity, another resource," said Harrison. "It gives teachers another resource to use in their classrooms to reach kids and engage them in their instruction."

Half of the grant will go to Washington for a full class set of iPads, while the other half will buy a set for Willard.

Technology Director, Rebecca Hill, said teachers will be able to check out the set of iPads for each student in their class. The apps will help students with their math, reading, and writing skills -- while allowing the teacher to oversee multiple students at one time.

"You can test the kids and find out what they need to work on," said Hill. "Let's say they were poor in division. well you can assign them an iPad with that specific app and another child could be working on another topic."

Washington Grade Center Principal, Pam Martin, believes the iPads will help students excel in their studies and better prepare them for the future.

"We hope to get our kids ready for the real world and it starts here," said Martin. "It starts very early to getting those technology skills as well as the basic reading and math skills."

The iPads have already been ordered and are expected to arrive next week.

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