4 Technology Tools to Engage Students from Preschool to College

Posted by on June 11, 2014

Over 80 Head Start Instructors and Staff get Technology Training from MSB–Rochester

written by Adjunct Instructor Jeff Winter

During the annual Community Service Day, Minnesota School of Business-Rochester (MSB) instructors and staff were thrilled to share technology expertise with over 80 Head Start teachers, paraprofessionals, home visitors and managers. The objective of the training was to increase the use of technology and make the classroom experience more interactive and engaging for students.

80 Head Start teachers receive technology training

The overall feedback from Head Start included survey responses like, “I got so much information about the specific devices that I use every day. It was fantastic! The best tech training that I have ever received! Thank You!” In addition, the Head Start participants repeatedly noted the “great information” provided by Rod Wright, information technology program chair for MSB–Rochester.

The training included four sessions focused on leveraging technology like iPads Apps, Cloud Storage, SMART Board resources and iMovie to improve the student experience:

1)      IPad Apps can provide interactive and engaging learning opportunities for students of all ages. Training was provided on iPad applications that provide interactive learning and the almost limitless resources for students.

2)      Cloud Storage provided an introduction to the idea of storing your data in the “Cloud.” Participants were shown how to use cloud storage for free, then how to access, change, save and share their files.


3)      Introduction to Apple’s iMovie provided instruction on using this application in the classroom to shoot and edit video. The session included instructions for creating a private account on YouTube where videos can be uploaded and password protected.

4)      SMART Board training included details for gaining access to lesson plans and resources through SMART Exchange, plus demonstrations of specific applications, file management and troubleshooting basics.

IT Program Chair Rod Wright leads training

Minnesota School of Business continues to make education more interactive with our students, and in our communities, with the Educational User Experience, an innovative and technologically-focused adaptive learning model. The learning functions with the iPad® are limitless—from doing your homework digitally to connecting with countless e-resources.

MSB–Rochester finished a fun day of learning by donating a new Apple TV system to Head Start. When paired with an iPad, or other AirPlay-enabled device, Apple TV can wirelessly display, in real time, what the mobile device is displaying. After having the experience of Apple TV in their classrooms, MSB wanted to provide Head Start with the best opportunity to put their new technology expertise to use.

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