October 30, 2014

Local SPLOST Dollars at Work: New Computer Lab at Heard County Middle School

This semester students at Heard County Middle School are spending much more needed time in the computer lab. A new 33 station lab was recently added to the 8th grade hall.

“The lab is a much needed addition to our school and we are very blessed to have it. Before we only had one computer lab that was available for reservation by our teachers. It often would take weeks for teachers to have an opportunity for their classes to use the lab. With the addition of this lab our students are researching, writing, and using interactive math sites much more often,” stated the school’s principal Mike Roberts.

Eighth grade teacher Kim Stallings also commented on the lab. “It is no longer ‘revolutionary’ to teach using technology. Instead, teaching with technology is a must. Many recent studies have shown that the integration of technology into the curriculum increases student problem solving and learning outcomes.The Common Core curriculum adopted recently by the state of Georgia requires more rigorous, problem solving activities. Technology based lessons are perfect for the project-based work students need to do in order to think at higher levels.”

Math teacher, Julie Robinson has found the additional lab very valuable. “The new lab at HMS is already operating in full swing.  Language students have been busy practicing constructed responses to their readings, and through a website called IXL math students are able to spend time mastering grade level standards at their own pace.  Thanks to the additional lab all students are able to spend adequate time in the computer lab without waiting!”

The lab was made possible through a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) designated for education and approved by the voters of Heard County. The cost of installation, computers, furnishings, and labor was over $47,000.

“I very much appreciate the leadership of our superintendent and board of education for their commitment to providing our students with the technology they need to prepare them for the future, and to the citizens of Heard County for supporting this commitment by approving our local SPLOST,” expressed Mr. Roberts.

HCMS Lab

 

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