When Chapman School Principal Conrad Woodhead heard a presentation last year by Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, on the benefits of using Apple’s iPod Touch in classrooms, he wanted to know more.For starters, Woodhead is always eager to improve learning opportunities for Chapman’s pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students. Secondly, Seaton’s presentation to the Kenai Peninsula Borough school board referred to the use of iPods in Oregon’s Canby School District.
“My ears perked up because that’s the school district I grew up in,” said Woodhead.
The Canby School District has been using the Apple-manufactured pocket computers for several years. A 2011 presentation prepared by Joe Morelock, Canby’s director of technology and innovation, reflects increased student performance in math and reading in elementary grades since the iPod Touch was introduced.