I-Pods seem to be everywhere these days, but they are usually banned in the classroom. However one southern Colorado high school is trying to change that.
Rye High School has taken a different approach. Principal Rick Sanchez says he figures kids are going to use them anyway, so why not put them to educational use.
I-Pods, PDA'a and laptops are now a regular site in the small town high school. At least one senior english class is filled with students, each with a laptop computer and a PDA in front of them.
Sanchez started using the technology a few years back and says students are responding well, "whenever you see an excitement area where students would like to get involved then you try to use that to your advantage".
The entire school is set up for wireless internet allowing students to surf the net anywhere in the building. That feature also allows them to participate in class even on days when they are sick.
Teachers seem to love it as well, English teacher Nancy Scofield says it has opened up quite a few doors for her, allowing her students to take an interactive approach to learning. Scofield also says if she had to do it any other way, she would quit, "if they told me i had to do that i'd hand them my letter..i'm sorry, that would hamstring us".
Principal Sanchez does stress however that this is not an online high school, students still must attend class. The technology is only meant as a tool to help kids learn.