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Google classrooms make their way into Easton Area High School

Google classrooms have made their way into Easton Area High School.

Each teacher now has the ability to organize his or her lectures, assignments and activities in one easy place for students to access: an iPad.

Supervisor of Education Technology Lisa Manzo, demonstrated the usage of the iPads to the district’s board members at a standing committee meeting Tuesday.

Each board member was shown what students will see on their brand new iPads with military-safe cases, and Manzo explained the easy management system on a teacher’s behalf.

Applications, or apps, are already installed on each iPad. There is a filter in place that doesn’t allow students to download additional apps, Manzo said, unless it is already in the iPad’s system and is educational.

Quite a few apps are available for almost all curricular areas. For example, there are apps for music, health and fitness, science, a graphing app for math courses, Google docs and much more.

Teachers have the ability to manage their students’ activity, with the option to lock-in or lockout individuals from certain apps. They can also see what apps their students are currently on and monitor their progress.

In addition, students can view their iPad calendars to see when projects are due instead of keeping track of an assignment book.

Manzo told the board she wants to have student experts in technology, or “techsperts” as she called them, available to help students and educators with iPad functions. These individuals will be stationed in Easton Area High School’s library and writing lab. So far, 13 teachers are Google certified and will also be available to help.

The premise of a Google classroom, according to Manzo, is to encourage collaboration and organization between teachers and students.

For students to acquire an iPad, a one-time $25 fee was paid, Manzo said. The goal is to have the students carry the same iPad throughout their four years at Easton Area High School.

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