The Eastern Pulaski School Board meeting agenda contained a couple items that dealt with the schools’ iPads, including an amendment to the student iPad agreement and an approval for a staff iPad refresh. Continue reading
The staff at the North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation will be staying busy this month familiarizing themselves with and training on Apple devices and a variety of different services. According to Superintendent Lynn Johnson, the school board recently approved the extension of their lease agreement with Apple for another four years, allowing them to replace one-third of laptops for teachers as well as some equipment in the school buildings and labs.
On top of that, Johnson said that teachers and leadership members will be provided with iPads next year and will learn how to operate the devices. The following year, the board will look into student implementation of the devices.
Johnson said this summer has been all about technology training, and the month of August will focus largely on training in various services, such as School Messenger – a parent contact and notification system – as well as Google Drive and MyBigCampus.
The purchase of eight defibrillators for office buildings in Pulaski County hinges on the council’s willingness to appropriate funds for the potentially life-saving devices. Commissioners approved the expenditure last week. However, they don’t have funds readily available to make the purchase, having spent nearly their entire discretionary budget on iPads. Council members repeatedly refused to purchase the tablet computers for the commissioners and finally told them they can spend money in the commissioners budget without obtaining the council’s permission. If the council approves that expenditure when they meet tonight, it will still need to be advertised and approved at their June meeting.
For the third time, Pulaski County commissioners appeared before the county council to request their approval for the purchase of four iPads at a cost of $4259, and also for the third time, the council denied the request. Commissioner Tracey Shorter said that the iPads would allow the commissioners to work more efficiently, explaining that it is hard for the commissioners and the county attorney to keep up with the information that is provided in their information packets, and that inconvenience has, in the past, translated to a loss for the county.
Even with a slightly lower price tag this time around, the Pulaski County Council once again denied a request from the county commissioners to purchase four iPads from Verizon. Commissioner Tracey Shorter approached the council last night with the request to purchase the devices and presented new information regarding the proposed purchase.
Shorter said the devices would cost the county $4259 for the purchase of the four iPads, a one-time charge of $199 for two years of protection, and an additional $1404 per year to include the devices on the county’s current shared data plan through Verizon. Shorter said that because the commissioners fund had carried over an amount from last year through various cuts in county expenses by both the commissioners and the county council, she felt that this expense is justified – especially when considering the benefit she claims the iPads would have for the county officials.
The students at the Eastern Pulaski School Corporation are going to be using iPads as part of their learning curriculum and Middle School Principal Ryan Dickinson reminded the school board Monday night that the process will be a phase-in process. Superintendent Dr. Robert Klitzman commented that it will be a great way to progressively introduce that supplement to a teacher’s instruction.
“We need to do this to understand that our teachers are the most important ingredient in student learning and the iPad and everything else supplements that teacher,” stated Dr. Klitzman. “We’re gradually infusing more of the technology into our programming. Mr. Dickinson reported on how we’re doing with that at the middle school.”
The iPads will be put into more students’ hands as the year goes forward.
The days of students lugging backpacks stuffed full of books and folders may soon be at an end, thanks to the recent movement from traditional hardback textbooks to electronic books. Culver Community Schools Superintendent Brad Schuldt recently told WKVI that Apple has recently begun providing textbooks for the iPad, and as of last week, two textbooks that the high school currently uses have been ported to the iPad.
Schuldt said that they are very interested in gradually moving into the digital age with most, if not all, of their textbooks on the iPad, but it remains to be seen how fast book providers will release their books digitally.
After the students at Culver Community High School have had time to adjust to the new devices they’ve been gifted with, the school is proud to say things are moving along smoothly. At the beginning of this school year, students were presented with their very own Apple iPad to use for the duration of the school year. These devices can be taken home and used to do homework, research, talk with other students, read their textbooks on the device, and perform countless other helpful tasks. Unfortunately, they also open the door to new levels of procrastination, because students now have in their hands a device that they can choose to use for either school work or entertainment.
With the use of technology in public schools on a quickly increasing trend, Culver Community School Board has approved a lease with Apple, Inc. to provide iPads for all high school and middle school students. Culver Community Schools will be spearheading what they’ve called the “One-to-One Technology Initiative,” which gives students the equipment and opportunities to “learn by doing.” Students would be able to bring these devices home at the end of the day, but they would be returned to the school at the end of the school year.