Teachers and Tech Working Together at Meyer Academy
iPad Initiative Connects Children to Learning
We are all aware that children these days are natural technology users. They have the innate skills to research, the natural abilities to integrate information, the talent to multi-task and the innovative perspective to incorporate all the data around them into one global perspective.
It is just this philosophy that led the Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy to embark on its iPad initiative this year. Studies show that when children are personally connected to their learning, they spend more time and dedicate more effort to their school work. And what better way to have students at the Meyer Academy connect to their learning than through advanced and fun technology.
And with that, 27 iPads were sent to Meyer Academy teachers and staff at the end of the 2010-2011 school year. The faculty was asked to familiarize themselves with the devices over the summer; additional workshops were offered for teachers that trained them on the various educational tools available through the iPads. At the start of the 2011-2012 school year iPads were made available to all Meyer Academy middle school students. Students in the first through fifth grade classrooms are sharing iPads, laptops and desktop Apple computers. Even the school’s kindergarten classes use iPads.
The initiative has gotten the attention of local television stations (see the Meyer Academy YouTube channel), print media outlets (see our print media coverage here), as well as other schools in Florida and nationally – all of whom are interested in learning from the Meyer Academy and potentially duplicating the school’s efforts. We invite you to learn more about these exciting times at Meyer Academy, and the energized and passionate professionals leading the way.
“If our students are willing to make the effort to their school work, the Meyer Academy is equally dedicated to providing the financial and human resources to bring the latest technological offerings to our students and their classrooms,” said Nehemia “nammie” Ichilov, Headmaster of the Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy in West Palm Beach.