Technology helping Guilford County student diagnosed with leukemia keep up with classwork

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- A Guilford County student is becoming more accustomed to using her tablet to access classroom assignments and messages from other students.

Lilli Hicks has been out of school since she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in December.

Lilli hopes to be able to keep up with her friends so she doesn’t fall behind a grade. GCS was able to work it out so she can keep her tablet at home in order to keep up with assignments and stay in touch with classmates.

The district was awarded millions in Race to the Top money for every middle school student to receive an Amplify tablet, and the technology is making it a bit easier for Lilli to do school work.

“What I like about having the tablets and this is for any student, is that videos can be sent of lectures, and notes can be sent from teachers,” explained Megan Putnam. She is the Personalized Learning Coordinator for Brown Summit Middle, where Lilli goes to school.

The tablets gave GCS students some problems last year, but Putnam says they’re working out well now. They’re learning new things every day.

Latin teacher Jessica Runtz said the EdModo program allows students to communicate with one another on a social network supervised by staff.

“So Lilli will post to update them that she's going back into the hospital for another round of chemo, or she might post saying she's getting out of the hospital. All the kids are quick to post back to her and send her encouraging notes, and tell her how much they miss her,” Runtz added

“I'd really like to see how that's going to enhance Lilli's experience and enhance to teacher experience so we can all learn from it and be role models for other districts and other schools,” Putnam concluded.

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