Moultonborough freshman points to iPads
MOULTONBOROUGH - The integration of technology, combined with giving teachers flexibility, would impress Francis Wayland Parker should the renowned 19th-century educator walk the halls of Moultonborough Academy, wrote Eric DuBois, December's Francis Wayland Parker Scholar of the Month.
"I was honestly completely astounded," DuBois said. "I couldn't believe I'd actually won."
In his essay, DuBois wrote that his school has successfully blended new teaching tools with individual teaching talents.
"The teachers' quick (adaptation) to the new technology demonstrates how well Moultonborough Academy has incorporated the flexible teaching program Colonel Francis Wayland Parker established and valued," he wrote.
He said the school has implemented a pilot program providing some students with iPads and has provided many classrooms, including his honors geometry class, with interactive "smart" boards that replaced traditional chalk or dry-erase white boards.
"It enhances the learning astoundingly," he said.
He wrote in his essay that Parker would approve of the program because the Bedford-born educator, "started by removing the typical, rigid ways of teaching, and instead allowed teachers to develop their own individual styles of teaching. He also supplied teachers with the necessary means to execute these new methods of teaching."
The Francis Wayland Parker Scholar program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Association of School Principals, in cooperation with the New Hampshire Union Leader, Lifetouch Studios and the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Northern New England.
Other nominees for December were: Regan Thomas from Manchester Central High School, Sierra Bickford from Hopkinton Middle School, Matthew Canales from Campbell High School, Lydia Buonomano from Monadnock Regional Middle High School, Shannon Bennett from Conant High School, Shelby Bernard from Exeter High School and Stephen Buttolph from Plymouth Regional High School.