New Castle News

December 17, 2012

Union school board hears technology report

Lugene Hudson
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The Union school district’s 11th-grade literature class is in a pilot program for using iPads.

The program is part of the district’s commitment to advancement in instructional technology.

Joseph Canciello, instructor of that class, and three of his students did a hands-on presentation using technological tools during the educational report segment of last week’s school board meeting.

The demonstration involved the school board and visitors as juniors Dacia Neely, Christina Noble and Abigail Keller led the adults in three learning stations.

Poppelet is a brainstorming or idea generator and outlining program, Puppet Pals allows students to create computer puppets with their own voiceovers, which are used in re-creating Shakespeare plays, and with EdModo, teachers may post assignments and quizzes.

Canciello explained students use the iPads to download assignments and take quizzes. There is no paper involved and the teacher can receive instantaneous results from the assigned work.

In other business, the board:

•Adopted a tax resolution whereby no increase of more than the index of 2.5 percent can be made in the 2013-14 school year.

•Amended the lease agreement between Hilcorp Energy and the district to about 12 acres, as opposed to 30 acres, which was shown on the county assessment card for that parcel number.

•Authorized the business manager to advertise for a public sale of all home economics equipment and to dispose of it through a public auction. That includes dishwashers, stoves, ovens and various sewing equipment. The family consumer science program was eliminated from the curriculum beginning with the 2012-13 school year.

•Hired John Huff as a five-hour sweeper custodian at $7.25 per hour.

•Added three names to the substitute teacher list — Justine Elliot of New Wilmington, Danielle Brown of Shenango Township and Margaret Boyer of Wampum.