Students, teachers and staff at a Fort Myers early learning center got something of a surprise visit recently from Lee County Port Authority employees bearing gifts: 30 state-of-the-art e-learning tablets that had been donated, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce reported.
But everyone at the Joseph H. Messina Children’s Center is actually used to the port authority's heroics. Over the past few years, officers have also donated food to families and toys for students during the holidays.
“When the port authority asked us how they could help this year, the tablets were top of mind," center director Tamara Aronson said. “This generous gift has already had a demonstrable effect on teachers’ ability to observe, measure and promote student achievement.”
Teacher Kimberly Molloy set parental permission controls and installed apps, games and content to support lesson plans and let the students explore on their own for a certain amount of time each day.
“When the younger students bridge over to elementary school, they will be expected to be familiar with computers for research, projects and testing,” Molloy said. “Confidence about typing and the other tasks they will be asked to perform on an electronic device gives the students a distinct advantage from day one.”