Wilder teacher gives inside look at Ivanka Trump and Tim Cook visit

Ivanka Trump and Apple CEO Tim Cook visit came two years after the district received an apple grant through the white house ConnectEd program. (Photo Courtesy Apple)

The Treasure Valley is still talking about the big names who stopped by Wilder Elementary School earlier this week.

Ivanka Trump and Apple CEO Tim Cook visit came two years after the district received an Apple grant through the white house ConnectEd program.

During the visit the students had the opportunity to show off how they use technology to advance their education like practicing coding in the media center by playing battleship and showing how they use these to learn new things every day.

Cook and Trump stopped by Lynnette Rivera's 1st grade class to see what they were learning.

"They actually sat on the floor with them and talked with them and the kids were excited to say look this is what I'm doing what I get to show my teacher," Rivera said.

The iPad project they shared with their guests required them to go out take pictures and explain if the items were living or non living things. She says it allowed the students to be little producers recording and editing the projects all on their own.

"They heard their voice and their like they'd say oh that's my voice," Rivera said. "You know Ivanka's kind of going 'Yeah that is your voice Daniel!'"

While some think the iPad is replacing teachers, Rivera says that's not the case.

"We all teach still. We still work with small groups. Still interact with the children. This is not a replacement for us," Rivera said.

She says the technology is just another tool for learning. Kids are still reading and writing but the voice dictation used in their project helps them improve those skills and gives her more time for those who need it.

"I get to spend more time with my lower kids and really work with them and my higher kids are being able to advance faster," River said. "Before we would do one main lesson and they all have to learn that but now I can do small mini groups lessons and I work at their level, their pace and they move when they move."

Wilder schools have been named top in the nation for innovation but Superintendent Jeff Dillon says it was still a shock to learn the two were going to visit.

"Wow why us? I mean there are so many schools across America doing some amazing things in different capacities, larger capacities the same type of approaches," Dillon said. "You know it really was an honor to have them here but it was like wow this is a special situation, special opportunity for our children."

Rivera says she appreciates them stopping in but even more she appreciates Apple's commitment to help her students and the program succeed.

"He's like, 'What more can we do for you?' You know it wasn't about you know this program but it was like 'How else can we help you?' and I felt that was such a great thing that he see what we're doing," Rivera said.

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