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Active Learning

One morning recently, fourth graders were spread around Katonah Elementary School’s library, recording themselves on iPads. One boy was seated at a table, a group of girls were sitting on the carpet in the early reader section, others were standing next to the low bookshelves and propping their iPad upright against books.

The class had just watched a video on online safety. Each student was sharing what they learned with Librarian Jeanne Hand through an app called Seesaw. She’d review the videos later to make sure each student understood the important content.

This type of active learning is possible because elementary libraries are replacing desktop computers with iPads and MacBooks and upgrading their large screens to interactive touch panels. More seating options—colorful beanbags, stools, and various-size tables—are planned. 

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Increase Miller and Katonah Elementary Schools’ libraries are each piloting a new touch panel whiteboard that easily interfaces with iPads and MacBooks. “The change allows for flexibility, different types of partnerships, and different types of work,” said Hand. “I use the touch panel display as an interactive tool. Learners can touch and manipulate items on the screen or draw.”

Meadow Pond Elementary School’s library is benefiting from two new digital displays—a stationary one near the teaching space and a mobile one that Librarian Nick Grasso uses near the story time carpet to enhance read-aloud books. “I am in the process of creating a green screen area so that students can use their iPads as mobile video studios,” said Grasso.