HAYS, KS -- Elementary students from Hays schools can take advantage of 90 software programs received from Apple Computer Inc.
Cynthia Danner-Kuhn, clinical instructor of teacher education at Fort Hays State University, received dividends in excess of $10,000 in software from Apple. Danner-Kuhn will use the software with pre-service teachers, which will be "useful for them in the future if they wish to pursue a career in teaching," she said.
Each package also comes with an online professional development course that demonstrates the features of the software and provides examples of how each program enhances student learning.
In addition to the benefits it will bring to teachers training for the classroom, the Apple Learning Series integrates the latest technology into the curriculum as an education solution to increase students' understanding of difficult subjects.
Danner-Kuhn obtained the bundles of software by doing workshops with different people from Apple Computer and by being persistent in mentioning that this software would significantly improve classes. "You have to ask to get a 'yes,' " said Danner-Kuhn.
Danner-Kuhn got the idea a year ago while attending a workshop and observing kindergartners designing Web pages. She said she realized "I'm not teaching what I need to be teaching." Teachers are also currently required to create a classroom Web page.
The software will be used for elementary (K-6) and secondary students (7-12). These software bundles include Macromind Director, Flash, Dreamweaver, Inspiration, Clip Art, Photoshop Elements, Phonics Alive and educational tools ranging from vocabulary development to chemistry and interactive physics.
In addition to the software, Danner-Kuhn also has access to the curriculum and tutorials for each program. Subjects include language arts, social studies, math and science, Web publishing, multimedia, teacher productivity and other curriculum-software for K-6.