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Evergreen learns that Ipads are for happy teachers not just Angry Birds

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Arborg Early Middle School teachers Wanda Sparkes and Tanya Harding along with grade six students

Arborg Early Middle School teachers Wanda Sparkes and Tanya Harding along with grade six students

Arborg Early Middle School teachers Wanda Sparkes and Tanya Harding, along with several grade six students, presented their Kindle and iPad projects to the Evergreen Board on May 16. The technology was purchased through an Innovative Projects grant of $2000.

Three of the iPad applications most favoured by students were the Headlines app, Dictionary app and translator app. Sparkes and Harding found that their students enjoyed reading and read far more than otherwise with the hardware. Students became excited to investigate the current news every morning with the Headlines app and tended to stay more on task with the Ipads than when on computers. The devices are coded allowing for only the apps the teachers approve.

The teachers said that the devices are a hit with students and provide additional incentives for students to discover a love of reading. They also provide incentives for improving over all grades.

"Nathan had to bring his marks up and he did it in order to get an ipad (from his parents)," said Harding.

Other news

Pat Dalman, Gimli High School teacher, has been awarded the International Reading Association - Celebrating Literacy Award. Dalman will be presented with the award on May 30.

Paul Cuthbert, Evergreen School Division Superintendant and CEO, has been awarded the Global Citizenship Award for Educators through the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC). Cuthbert is one of four Manitobans that will receive this award.

A letter to Cuthbert from MCIC stated that they were impressed with his 'ongoing commitment to Education for Sustainable Development,' and the way he has 'formalized that commitment in divisional policy.' They added that Cuthbert's work had clear impacts on the division, students, family and staff.

A recognition dinner and awards evening will take place June 13.