Inside Sarah Winslow’s classroom at DuBois Central Catholic is a group of first graders playing on iPads. At first glance, it may look like they’re enjoying some games, but they’re using what’s called the ‘Osmo App’.
“These kids are going to be using technology that isn’t even invented yet. And they need this base information to progress them into the future,” says Winslow.
It connects iPad apps to real-life puzzles. The students are interacting with the app through physical puzzle pieces to complete the problem. “It gives them instant feedback on if they get it right or not but also when they work with other it teaches them group work and collaboration,” adds the teacher.
There are different programs focusing on math, spelling, and art. Winslow says her students can work iPads and iPhones with their eyes closed. However, they have difficulties with desktop computers, “different programs like word and PowerPoint… They have no idea!” adds Winslow.
She also thinks it’s important these kids know the basic program and keyboarding skills. “When we start them now, once they get into middle school and high school and have to write that essay paper, it’s going to be so much easier for them.”
Once these students hit 6th grade, they’re required to have a laptop. The computers will be used in their everyday classes.