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Middle school grant provides special services laptops

Jamestown Middle School has 25 new laptops from a Classroom Build Grant of the North Dakota Educational Technology Council. The Jamestown Middle School project was one of 38 proposals approved for funding out of 97 applications received, said Rya...

Jamestown Middle School has 25 new laptops from a Classroom Build Grant of the North Dakota Educational Technology Council.

The Jamestown Middle School project was one of 38 proposals approved for funding out of 97 applications received, said Ryan Harty, JMS principal. The opportunity came through the North Dakota Legislature to provide technology funding for improving student achievement, he said.

Rhonda Roaldson and Peggy Schrader, two JMS special services teachers, applied for the grant. The two said the technology will provide students who learn at different rates a daily learning target with software that inspires learning to gain the confidence.

“Our vision at Jamestown Middle School is learning for all and I believe that is why we were chosen to receive this grant,” Roaldson said.

The Chromebooks will also be used for the corrective reading program to improve comprehension and language skills, taught by Schrader, and for the transmath program that is designed to engage students at different levels, taught by Roaldson.

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The Chromebooks make it possible for middle school students to have daily access to eBooks, assessments, online quizzes and tests, which all replace the traditional paper and pencil tasks, she said. There are online tutorials with practice work and games for skills enhancement, she said.

“When using technology routinely, less class time is spent giving directions and expectations or traveling to a lab or library to use technology,” Roaldson said. “The Chromebooks have allowed students more opportunities to engage in the technological world, thus preparing them for the future educational paths and job opportunities that haven’t even been thought of yet.”

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