From computer games to apps, children are being entertained through technology. In Martinsburg, a local teacher is using technology to redefine how she teaches her special needs students.

Kelly Miller is a pre-school teacher at the Pikeside Learning Center which was granted $1,400 from the West Virginia Community Foundation to purchase iPads for her pre-school class. 

“We ended up with mini iPads that were easier for the kids to handle, and we got six instead of two,” said Miller.

Not only are the iPads a source of entertainment, but they also exercise children’s motor skills and teach them the importance of sharing. The grant also allowed them to purchase an $80 iTunes gift card for learning purposes. 

Miller said that at times, she uses the iPads to help wind things down in the classroom.

“It gives them time to relax plus they are learning and having fun at the same time,” said Miller.

The learning devices include alphabet games and Dr. Suess stories to improve their reading and writing skills.