Columbia Schools Experiment with Classroom Technology

Some Columbia private schools have begun integrating new technology in classrooms and Columbia Public Schools are following suit.

By Christian Bryant (Columbia, Mo.)

Although budget cuts eliminated 270 positions, the school system is moving forward with pilot programs that will utilize iPads. Community relations coordinator Michelle Baumstark said the new technology will help supplement classroom instruction.

“As the new technology comes about, we really do try to make sure we’re providing twenty-first century technology and education about twenty-first century technology for our kids,” Baumstark said.

Benton and Ridgeway elementary schools are first to begin experimenting with the school-wide pilot programs. A private donor and money from the public schools budget paid for Benton’s iPads. The Parent Teacher Association funded the program at Ridgeway.