Classrooms in the area are going to be benefitting from a range of new technology options.
In Alabama, the school system in Mobile County is now broadening its options for learning by way of technology by participating in miDevice, which is a Bring Your Own Device program that makes it possible for students to take advantage of QR codes and cloud storage.
Kids will be able to access documents stored in the cloud in order to complete their homework assignments.
At the moment, among the 89 different schools that are in the school district, 25 are participating in miDevice. Now it is likely that another 10 will be adding themselves to that figure. This, according to the director of technology for the school system, David Akridge. This will encourage kids to scan QR codes that can be read because all students can access the network of the school system while they are on campus.
Teachers can use the QR codes in order to leave the necessary instructions and details for their assignments.
Teachers can use Microsoft OneDrive in order to be able to share assignments and homework, said Akridge. He explained that “There is close to a terabyte (of space) for each student” and that “That’s a lot of storage space.” He also predicted that more teachers will use the internet for making reading and homework assignments, this year, than they ever have before. Within the classroom, itself, teachers will also be able to use an option for interactive lessons that will be compatible with Smartboards as well as the smartphones of the individual students.
One elementary school already has teachers using QR codes in order to alert their students to new assignments. They barcodes are printed out and displayed within the classroom. The students can then use their smartphones for scanning the quick response codes so that they can obtain the details of that assignment and save them into their devices. Akridge said that “It’s really cool how those come into play,” and that even the youngest children attending the school are able to recognize the barcodes and know how to use them.