The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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December 3, 2013

Teachers’ use of technology discussed by Neosho School Board

NEOSHO, Mo. — The Neosho Board of Education on Tuesday night heard from high school teachers about how they use technology in their classrooms.

The presentations came in advance of the arrival next month of laptop computers for every Neosho High School student.

English teacher Karen Miller explained how she uses online tools. She said she provides a vocabulary word for the class and asks the students to write a sentence using the word. Then they evaluate the word usage and sentence structure.

She said she also posts assignments on an online calendar with deadlines.

“Having computers for every student is just teaching them where the world is,” Miller said.

Board President Brett Day said he was sold on the potential of technology.

“Technology’s never going to replace a teacher,” Day said.

“Our role just changes from being the only source of information in the classroom,” said Tyler Gordon, a world history teacher.

Travis Garren, high school business teacher, said the technology helps him to be a better teacher.

“What I’ve found is my engagement is higher with technology than it is without,” Garren said.

Ron Beaty teaches high school science classes, including a meteorology class.

“We’re going to get snow,” he said. He said moisture was coming from the Pacific, with cold air coming from the north, clashing overhead.

“I see so many benefits that the technology can give us,” Beaty said.

Tim Crawley, district operations manager, said his son had recently missed school because of illness, but he had been able to stay current with assignments because they were online.

On another topic, also related to technology, Clark Rhoades with Outbound Technologies made a presentation about how the company’s text-messaging system could help the district with text alerts to parents, students and teachers.

Survey wording

THE NEOSHO BOARD OF EDUCATION on Tuesday approved final wording of a survey of district residents that will be done in advance of a campaign for a bond issue, planned for the April ballot.

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