Fairbury Schools Using Technology to Boost Learning

FAIRBURY – With technology becoming a larger part of everyday life, Fairbury Public Schools is looking to take advantage of new tools in the classroom.

Last year the district began issuing Chromebooks to students to use for their classes. Technology Integrationist Karen Dux told the school board Monday that staff have become much more proficient in using them in that time.

:30     “…an excellent job.”

Fairbury high student Michaela Buchli showed the board a demonstration of one website that allows her to keep track of all her work for a Spanish class, even being able to access her textbook online.

:20     “…on there.”

High school English teacher Abby Jones gave the board a look at Canvas, an online program which allows teachers and students to manage their class materials. She said she’s able to do a variety of things, from sharing notes and videos with students, to giving them short quizzes to grading papers digitally.

:25     “…to use too.”

Senior Althea Estellar then showed the board how students can use the site to complete assignments, keep track of their schedules and stay organized.

:19     “…don’t have it.”

Students from Jefferson Intermediate also demonstrated some of the ways technology is even being used at lower grade levels. Dux also hinted at what will be coming to classrooms in the near future.

:28     “…of the body.”

Dux thanked the board for investing the resources to have this technology and added that it’s amazing what the district has been able to accomplish in just the past year.