RSF School Board agrees to expand iPad use in classroomsThe purchase will allow the R. Roger Rowe School to assign a school-owned iPad to every student in fifth through eighth grade beginning this fall. The school will supply all other classrooms with one iPad for every two students.
The school began using iPads last fall. In the first year of the program, school-owned iPads were individually assigned only to seventh- and eighth-graders, while all other classrooms were supplied with six iPads each.
The 246 new iPads will be added to the stock of 410 iPads the school has purchased in the last year.
While seventh- and eighth-grade students are expected to take their iPads home for study and homework uses, Superintendent Lindy Delaney said administrators have not yet decided whether fifth- and sixth-grade students will be allowed to take the devices home next year.
The district chose to expand the iPad program because teachers saw better than expected results this year, said Assistant Superintendent Cindy Schaub.
“Kids are in fact communicating more and more with their teachers,” Schaub said. “We’ve definitely seen an increased volume in reading and writing.”
Giving every student an iPad allows teachers to expand their use of Canvas, a software tool teachers use to coordinate online learning. Without an individually assigned iPad, some students have limited access to Canvas features at home, Schaub said.
Sunset Elementary receives 1st shipment of classroom iPads A new era of learning for Moffat County School District students kicked off Tuesday with the arrival of the first classroom iPads at Sunset Elementary School.
Cheryl Arnett, a second-grade teacher at Sunset, said the 13 iPads arrived this week as part of a pilot program funded through a partnership with Friends of Moffat County Education to modernize learning for students in kindergarten through second grade.
The iPads will be shared by 145 students in those grades.
“It’s important to show how many kids this is impacting,” Arnett said. “The world has changed. Kids are surrounded by technology, and it’s the way they learn outside of the classroom.”
Although Sunset received 13 iPads this week, Chris Jones, president of Friends of Moffat County Education, said the goal is to provide 30 iPads to each of the four elementary schools in the Moffat County School District. That would work out to five iPads each for kindergarten, first- and second-grade classes in the county.
“Sunset brought the idea to us,” Jones said. “We thought it was a great idea and decided to try to implement a districtwide initiative.”
The 13 iPads Sunset received this week cost $5,000. Jones estimates it will cost $50,000 to $55,000 to meet its 30 iPads per school goal.