DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - Technology is a part of everyday life, even for kids. It's also a growing part of their education.
Teachers from all over Dougherty County are learning about new programs they can use in their classroom to get kids excited about learning. And in this day and age, technology trumps all.
"Our teachers love it, our kids love it," said Assistant Principal Lavenice Grace at Morningside Elementary School.
And for the most part, kids are on the bandwagon.
"A lot of kids know how to use the iPads and the other technology more than the teachers," explained Grace.
Last year was the first year that every student K through 12 in the Dougherty County School System had a tablet or laptop.
This year they are taking technology to a new level.
"These students are learning very fast and we have to be prepared as educators to invoke that knowledge to our students," explained Grace.
Lashonda Atkins and Dr. Naomi Bullard work at Sunnyside Elementary School.
"Students and technology, they mesh quite well," said Bullard. "Children love the interaction of different kinds of technology."
On Wednesday, they learned about new programs to integrate into their teaching, like Quizlet.
"The students actually get to pick their answer and the best thing about it is it's immediate feedback," said Atkins.
They said that it gets students excited about learning.
"We use technology to keep their attention," explained Atkins. "The technology keeps them more active."
Teachers from all over the school system trained Wednesday on the latest technology they can use in their classrooms.
They are learning themselves so they can encourage students never to give up.
"That's what it's all about getting them to try," said Bullard. "We are trying to create better 21st century students."
Literacy is something the school system continues to work on.
Teachers said that they think the new reading programs on the tablets will help the students grow.