iRock program to transform teachers into information ‘facilitators’

Posted January 17, 2013 8:09 pm | Filed under Local News

The traditional role of the teacher in Rock Hill’s classrooms could be shifting a bit as the district is mulling over a plan to put an iPad in the hand of every student.

Rock Hill Schools spokeswoman Elaine Baker says that when it comes to teaching students how to use technology, they are also teaching how to discern the authenticity of information that comes from the web.

Baker says in this world of constantly changing technology, changing the classroom is only natural.

The plan could leave families with an $85 yearly fee to use the device, but Rock Hill Schools spokeswoman Elaine Baker says the plan, dubbed iRock, is the way of the future.

Rock Hill School board member Ginny Moe and chairman Jim Vining have been big public supporters of the iRock program, taking part in Twitter forums on one-to-one devices with educators across the country.

Parents and district employees have their chance next week to weigh in on the one-to-one technology plan.

The Rock Hill School Board is hosting a forum on the plan Tuesday, January 22 at 6 p.m. at the District’s offices on North Anderson Rd.

Hear more of Manning Kimmel’s interview with Elaine Baker here.