By Richard Bammer
Many Vacaville Unified classrooms may soon look like those described by a Fairmont Elementary teacher and a digital education specialist.
Speaking Thursday to the governing board, Carolyn Thomas, a fifth-grade teacher at the Marshall Road campus, and Dawn Marsh said Google technology will allow students to “create and collaborate” and that a pilot Fairmont program “has shown great promise.”
The program, as unveiled by the two women during a computer-aided slide presentation in the Educational Services Center, is expected to expand schoolwide and districtwide. Cooper and Callison elementaries will be the next schools to pilot Google Apps, they said.
Marsh pointed out that the apps — Google docs, slides, forms, web sites, graphics and annotations and more — are free learning tools for the classroom. Additionally, they are accessible on any electronic device with an Internet connection at home or school, anywhere, on a laptop, tablet or smartphone.