DIXFIELD — Three Regional School Unit 10 teachers told the board Monday night that using technology in the classroom leads to deeper learning by students.
Mike Nolette, Andrea York and Ryanne Prevost said use of various technological devices is vital to day-to-day learning.
“It gets kids engaged,” Nolette said.
Students are able to do Web-based research, and parents can click on the appropriate website to learn how their child is doing in a particular class, Nolette and York said.
Superintendent Craig King said with the wealth of reliable lesson plans and other data on the Web, even poor school districts can access needed information.
“Technology doesn’t exist just for the sake of technology, but to support teaching and learning, he said. “This is extraordinary.”
Assistant Superintendent Gloria Jenkins provided an outline of the teaching assignments now in effect.
Many teachers travel to different campuses each trimester to provide the required classes.
Much of the change from teachers remaining in one classroom for the entire year was the result of severe cutbacks in the 2014-15 budget.
In other matters:
* Emily Dustin was hired as a new kindergarten teacher at Meroby Elementary School;
* Dirigo High School French teacher Mary Kaubris was granted permission to travel with about 40 high school students to Quebec for a three-day trip in May;
* Dirigo High School Nordic ski team coach Ann Speth was granted permission to take students on two day-trips to New Hampshire during the Christmas break;
* Dirigo High School varsity boys and girls basketball teams were granted permission to travel to Boston on Dec. 21 to tour Boston College and to watch a Boston College basketball game; and
* An educational technician position will be filled for the second and third trimesters at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford. A former staff member remaining on the call-back list will be contacted.