Students, anticipating; Teachers, practicing; Administrators, preparing. The long-awaited arrival of the 1:1: iPad initiative at Johnston High School is finally here.
During the week of January 7, all high school students and their parents will attend an 1:1 launch event at the high school where they will read and sign the Student Technology Responsible Use Policy and the Digital Learning Environment iPad Agreement.
Students and parents will then attend a learning session to go over topics such as iPad set up and device care, vision, goals, structure of event, and digital citizenship and safety. If it sounds like a lot to learn, it is. But for many students, tap-touch-swipe method of learning and exploring is second nature.
From English to biology, teachers will use approved apps to enhance their course curriculum. Many faculty members, such as science teacher Dustin Mead, were part of the 2012 iPad pilot program and saw numerous benefits to using the high-tech tools during class time.
“[Last year] I used the iPads for instructional videos to guide the students through dissections, allowing me to spend my time discussing deeper connections to the content with the student, rather than spending a lot of time on basic instructions,” Mead said.
While the iPads draws oohs and aahs from staff and students alike, beneath the glossy screen is a learning tool to enhance students’ preparedness for the 21st century.
“Much of the Iowa Core focuses on creation, communication, and collaboration,” said Ann Wiley, Johnston Community School District Instructional Technology Coordinator. “The 1:1 will bring those three areas together in the classroom, between teachers and students.”
Wiley went on to say that preparing high school students with the skills to navigate an ever-increasing digital world will prove useful as they embark on post-high school ambitions.
“Students are very fast learners and in this environment, they are actively engaged in learning while demonstrating their subject knowledge through creative assignments – similar to what they might do in college or for a work project,” Wiley said. “This kind of mobile, instantaneous learning is in their nature and they will pick up numerous skills that will aid them in their futures.”
The 1:1 iPad initiative is paid for through PPEL reallocation funds. Each student pays a $50 deposit before receiving the iPad/accessories.
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For more information, contact: Laura Dillavou, Johnston Community School District Communications & Marketing. Ph: 515-278-0470 or 515-770-6206. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.