Grant to purchase iPads for school

From News ReleaseFebruary 17, 2014 

From left, U.S. Rep. Renee Elmers, teacher Teresa Butcher, Catherine O’Dell of South River EMC and West View Elementary principal Lorrie Johnson.


Teresa Butcher, who teaches second grade at West View Elementary School, has received a $5,369.63 grant from South River Electric Membership Corp. to create an iPad learning lab in her classroom.

Just before Christmas break, Butcher accepted a check from U.S. Rep. Renee Elmers and Catherine O’Dell, vice president of member services and public relations for South River EMC.

Butcher’s grant, titled “Literacy Instruction Enriched Through Technology,” will provide students with 10 iPad 2 devices, which will support reading and literacy in the classroom through several apps for primary-level readers. Many of the apps read the stories for students as they follow along, a proven method for increasing reading comprehension.

Butcher said her project has three main goals: expanding the resources for teaching and learning in the classroom; encouraging students to use technology effectively to help them achieve high academic standards; and providing all students with the skills needed to become 21st century learners.

The iPad learning lab will monitor daily student learning and provide immediate feedback, which will help Butcher and her students identify their strengths and weaknesses and target areas that need extra support.

“These resources will provide my students with a learning environment which stimulates a desire to read and learn,” Butcher said. “I am confident that an iPad learning lab will be one more tool necessary for integrating technology into daily instruction.”

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