NEW HAVEN, W.Va. — Technology can play a significant part in the education of a child, but when three children must share one device, it sometimes gets difficult.
New Haven Elementary School music teacher Kimberly Bond no longer has that problem, thanks to the Robert and Louise Claflin Foundation. Stephen Littlepage and Wetzel “Doc” Fields, representing the foundation, recently presented Bond with grant funds to purchase four new Apple iPads.
According to Bond, the iPads will help fulfill the technology requirements in her music classroom.
“They will be added to the existing classroom iPads to ensure that there are only two students sharing an iPad instead of three,” she said.
Bond added that iPads are used by students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The children in younger grades use various applications to learn word association, order of music notes, and number sequence. They also experiment with sounds, beats and rhythms, and improvise solos and compose songs.
The older students work on those same skills, just using different, age-appropriate applications. Children in the intermediate grades also practice note names, music composition, improvisation, rhythm progression, and piano songs.
The grant was the second presented recently by the Claflin Foundation at the school. The first was to school nurse Samantha Knapp to purchase a hand-held vision scanner. Although the scanner will be stationed in the northern end of the county, it will be used by school nurses throughout Mason County to test the vision of all students.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.