Wayland Union Schools Renew and Expand 1:1 iPad Initiative PDF Print E-mail

Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, Wayland Union Schools will be providing each student in grades 7-12 with an iPad Air. Students in grades 7-12 previously were issued an iPad 2. The iPad Air has many improved features that will allow added instructional benefits to teachers and educational benefits to students. The iPad Air has a better processor, better camera, and improved battery life. The change in Apples charger format will decrease damage to charging cables and charging ports on the device. The iPad Air also comes with a free productivity suite that had to be purchased for the iPad 2. The productivity suite includes Apple apps such as Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Garage Band, and iMovie. These applications will extend the innovative and creative uses of these devices in instruction.

The iPad 2s that have been utilized by students in grades 7-12 will be filtered down to elementary schools. Students at Pine Street Elementary will have access to an iPad while at school. Teachers at Baker, Dorr, and Steeby Elementary Schools will have classroom sets of iPads that they will be able to utilize for a variety of purposes. Passing these devices to the elementary schools allows the district to expand iPad availability to elementary buildings at a level that will allow teachers to integrate them into instruction in a meaningful way, which most elementary teachers are asking for. Research has shown that iPads (or any technology) will be integrated and used as an instructional support when teachers can count on availability right in their class rather than utilizing a checkout/sharing process. Increasing access to technology at elementary grades allows teachers and students to take greater advantage of resources the district already has available such as Reflex Math, Explore Learning Gizmos, eBooks, Everyday Math, as well as provides the ability to take standardized tests on mobile devices and will result in less of a disruption to building schedules for assessments like M-STEP and NWEA.

Students and parents who wish to purchase an insurance policy to cover potential damage fees to the iPad may do so until October 1st at www.wusipadinsurance.com.

Wayland Union Schools is able to purchase iPads in order to renew and expand the iPad program by utilizing in lieu of tax funds from the Gun Lake Casino and by taking advantage of special purchasing programs offered by the 22i Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 August 2015 23:57