Jeff Eickhoff, a VFMS 6th grade science teacher, wrote to the PTO to let us know that our contribution of 60 iPads to the school last year is making a difference for VFMS students. Thank you to Mr. Eickhoff for taking the time to let us know, and thank you to all the VFMS parents and community supporters who make this kind of contribution possible!
Thank you for the funds for the iPads. In science class we have used them for research. They worked well because there is no time taken for network connecting and they are so mobile. In social studies we made news trailers for current events. Students also used iMovie to create videos about various topics related to our studies of Russia. The iPads and apps like iMovie are natural motivators due to the high interest level of students. They are always excited to use them and in this case were able to choose a topic related to a personal interest. Also, I have found a couple students that typically struggle with direct classroom instruction have been able to shine with iPad projects, boosting their motivation and confidence. We will continue to use them well.