Butler gets mobile computer lab

The Fort Dodge Community School Foundation, in conjunction with the Butler Builders, recently funded the purchase of a mobile computer lab for Butler Elementary School.

The new mobile lab contains 24 netbook computers on a cart. The cart allows teachers to wheel the lab to their classrooms for use. With the new mobile lab, students will be able to further develop their technology skills for today’s digital world. Teachers will be able to develop creative projects that combine technology skills with classroom content.

“The Foundation felt the mobile lab was a very worthwhile project to fund,” Angie Tracy, Foundation president, said. “We wanted our Butler students to have the opportunity to be more engaged in learning through technology.”

The building previously only had one computer lab containing 27 computers. The teacher-librarian’s classes use the current lab for about three quarters of the day, leaving very little time for homeroom and content teachers to schedule lab use for their students.

“Teachers will be using the lab to do projects and explorations they couldn’t do before because of access issues,” said Jan Krass, Butler teacher-librarian. “Excited students have thanked me for the lab, and I told them that the Foundation deserves the credit, along with Butler Builders. Their investment in education will have a huge impact on the students here at Butler.”