CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Rikki Lowe, a teacher at Poca High School who helped facilitate technology training for teachers across West Virginia this week, starts her sessions by showing a home video of her son on his PlayStation.
He grabs a controller, scrolls down the screen, selects his favorite YouTube video, picks up his Guitar Hero guitar and turns on the surround sound.
He's 3 years old.
"The kids that we teach today had more technology in their crib than we had in college. This isn't about making anyone feel like they're not a good teacher or that they don't have the right skills, it's about relating to this generation," Lowe said. "Technology doesn't make somebody a good teacher -- technology is a tool that's going to give you glitz and glamour and magic, and help you connect to kids on a different level."
The West Virginia Center for Professional Development hosted an "Infusing Technology" session this week in South Charleston, where more than 80 teachers showed up to learn how to integrate iPads and other devices into their everyday lessons.
Michelle Tharp, coordinator of instructional technology at the Center for Professional Development, said the main goal of the sessions is to promote creativity and innovation in classrooms by using a medium "that's native to our digital learners.
"Students don't want the worksheets anymore. This gives them an opportunity to collaborate. You're giving students power," she said. "It's truly personalized learning, and student-centered."
A few districts across the state, such as Raleigh County Schools, already are implementing a 1:1 student-device ratio in the classroom, while other counties, such as Kanawha, have expressed goals to move toward textbook-free schools in the near future.