Students in four Durham Public Schools pre-kindergarten classes are a little more tech-savvy this year, thanks to a generous donation from IBM and the help of Duke University’s Office of Durham and Regional Affairs.
When Mary Lou Rollins, Director of Special Projects in the Office of Durham and Regional Affairs, heard about IBM’s KidSmart Early Learning program, she immediately thought of the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership schools.
“IBM’s KidSmart program helps us support the pre-K development of youth living in Partnership communities,” she said.
Rollins put in a request, and four schools within the Partnership were awarded Young Explorer KidSmart computer stations, which integrate interactive teaching, learning and technology into the pre-K curricula.
April Henderson, a pre-K teacher at Lakewood Elementary School, said some of her students had never used, or even seen, a computer before the KidSmart station arrived in her classroom.
“The whole technology component is so important to the learning process, and at this early age it’s most important, even down to the motor skills and hand-eye coordination of maneuvering the mouse,” she said. “The computer is being used daily, and the children love it.”