Chris Hafer appreciates all that Gaston County Schools teachers and staff do every day to care for children. To show how much he values their efforts, the Kia of Gastonia president will give away a brand new car to the one employee chosen as the Kia Outstanding Educator.
At Kiser Elementary, Chromebook computers are very popular and take a central spot in the school library. However, media specialist Laura Long isn’t using them as a replacement for books. Instead, she’s using technology to inspire reading.
A new program in Gaston County Schools -- Bring Your Own Device or BYOD -- gives students and teachers the option to take their own smartphones, tablets or laptops to school to be used as part of classroom learning. It is a way to provide greater access to educational tools and content on the Internet and can help students become more engaged in learning.