LEXINGTON, Neb. – The back of Lexington Middle School’s library is becoming quite the trendy hangout spot.
With its elevated table lined with sleek black iPads, the back corner of the library has a modern techie feel reminiscent of an Apple store, with elevated long tables and rows of Apple products neatly displayed.
Lexington Public Schools technology core team asked us what we could do to make our classrooms a 21st Century learning environment, one teacher had the idea of an iPad café at the library, said Bev Gustafson about how the idea for the iPad café came into being.
“Students that reach their reading goals are allowed to get on iPads during reading class,” Gustafson said pointing out that the iPads had game and reading applications loaded onto them and are often used by students before school starts.
“We’re adding apps as we go, we have a set of 20 iPads for teachers, the possibilities are endless,” she said.
Kirk Psota, a worker with LPS maintenance, made the elevated wooden table where the iPads, which are locked down, sit, Gustafson said.
Needless to say, with students immersed in more and more technology, whether it’s touch screens smart phones or social media, the iPad Café is a huge hit with Lexington Middle School students.
“It’s fun to play on all the different types of apps,” said Lexington Sixth Grader Zoey Wecker.
“The iPads are a great way to learn using different apps for school projects,” said Lexington Eighth Grader May Diaz.
“This does bring us up to speed, that’s what they’re used to,” Gustafson said about students’ proficiency with iPads, apps and technology in general noting that besides learning and reading apps.
Some popular creativity apps students like are: Aurasma, Popplet, Prezi and Educreations.
“This brings things to their interactive level,” Gustafson said.