Peoria Public Schools looks to use technology as a tool in the classroom

PEORIA, Ill. - Peoria Public Schools is using technology as a tool in the classroom this school year.

The school board approved several programs during their meeting Monday night. 

One of those items is the AVID Leader Training. AVID is a program designed to prepare students for post-high school experiences either in college or career-technical education.

The district is also presenting the MyON Program provides digital reading content to students that can be accessed at school or at home with any external device using WIFI. The district piloted the program this summer for 3rd graders. The districts literacy coordinator said it's teaching them skills they'll need for their future.

"It's developing skills, not just the content skills that they need throughout school but merging it with real life application skills that they're gonna need once they ultimately enter the work force" said Marcy Steele, PPS Literacy Coordinator. 

Lastly, the district approved a contract with Imagine Learning for 4 priority schools. Imagine Learning is an online learning system to engage students in school. Because the program is also web-based, students can access it at home, community centers, or anywhere they can get online outside of the classroom. Steele said a unique feature Imagine Learning offers is tutoring services for students in real time. When students get stumped on a problem, they can chat with an employee from the program for help. 


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