They couldn't go for a better cause.
The Estherville Lincoln Central School Foundation's Key Grant to Estherville Middle School teachers Brenda Poss and Jennifer Gesche for iPads and applications for the machines is a fantastic gift to the school and its students.
The technology helps support teaching in the classroom by reinforcing concepts teachers are instilling in students. By using their iPads, students can do math problems and engage in other exercises that actually make learning fun.
An added benefit is that students get instant feedback when they play educational games.
In the coming weeks, we hope to do more stories about some of the great things ELC teachers have been doing with Key grants - an Iditarod program for third-graders and three Kindles for the high-school library.
We certainly have to hand it to the teachers, too, for recognizing the importance of technology in the classroom and applying for Key Grants that support that endeavor.
Ours is a different world than a generation or even 10 or five years ago. Books were the preferred media in the classroom for hundreds of years. The digital age has changed all of that. Learning is taking place at a faster pace and both students and teachers are rushing to keep up with it.
We can rest assured, though, that ELC will continue to stay at the forefront of the technological revolution with its visions of one-on-one digital media in classrooms and YFI throughout district buildings.
By being a leader in educational technology, ELC is giving students the tools they'll need to become leaders themselves for many years to come.