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School Report Card: Hamilton County CUSD 10

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MCLEANSBORO -- There's no doubt technology plays a vital role in today's society, and classrooms are no exception. Here's a look at how Hamilton County Community Unit School District 10 is integrating new tools in the classroom to enhance learning opportunities for students.

As you look around Mrs. Moore's 2nd grade class at East Side Elementary School, you'll notice students working in small groups on a variety of assignments.

"Not all students lag in every area. Not all students exceed in every area. So this gives them a chance to succeed in those areas," said Bethany Moore, second grade teacher. 

It's all part of a blended learning model implemented by the Hamilton County School District.

Ashley Launius, a high school math teacher, said, "It is geared towards their weak areas, so it's not just one size fits all anymore. You can actually hone in on those specific skills for that particular student."

"They work together, learn from their peers. It's not teacher led," said Marcy Hood, 4th grade teacher.

Moore said, "There are a lot more things on my shoulders to make sure that the students learn at the appropriate pace and to succeed in life."

According to data from the Illinois District Report Card, the Hamilton County School District spends 20 to 160 minutes per day teaching Common Core standards in 3rd, 6th and 8th grade.

Despite tougher academic standards and state budget cuts, one thing helping teachers: technology.

Hood said, "We're just living in a whole new time period." 

All classrooms in grades K-6 are equipped with Chromebooks, while the junior/senior high have several Chromebook carts available to use each day. 

Launius said, "A lot of textbooks are not aligned to the Common Core and buying a new set would be very expensive, so we are using and utilizing the Internet resources a lot in classrooms."

With just a click of a button, students can access assignments and other materials for all of their classes online.

"You can be anywhere. You can be on your phone. You can be on a different computer, somewhere else. It's mobile," said Camyrn Parker, 8th grader. 

But these new tools don't come without challenges for the teachers.

Launius said, "There is so much technology available when you try to do too much at one time, you don't do any one thing good."

As the district continues to learn how to implement and use new technology in the classroom, the goal is always the same for teachers.

"I just love the kids. That's why I'm here to make their life better and their life easier in the long run and I want them to be successful, every single one of them," said Moore. 

For more on how Hamilton County CUSD 10 performed on the Illinois District Report Card, click here.

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