STEWARTVILLE, Minn. - It can be easy to become addicted to technology but teachers say if used the right way, electronic devices can be great teaching tools for kids.
An example of how technology is enhancing learning is in Ms. Lynn Bussan's 5th grade class at Bear Cave Intermediate School in Stewartville. Here, students rent ipads for the year and use a number of apps in the classroom. But Bussan said not all apps are created equal.
"We do try to use them in a way that is beneficial to the kids, not that they're just sitting there, on the screen, doing their work all day...that they're actually engaging in things," she said.
On a KIMT Facebook poll, 85 people said technology is helpful in the classrooms while about 456 people said kids get enough screen time outside of the classroom.
But in Ms. Bussan's class, the 5th grade students use the technology to engage with each other. Using a green screen in the classroom, the kids create newscasts and talk shows to present their work to the class.
"I think that helps them develop in themselves what kind of learner they are and also instill in themselves that they can do quality work," Bussan said.
The school has been using this technology for about two years now.