Northwest Public Schools Assess Integration of iPads

By: Erin Myers Email
By: Erin Myers Email

At the beginning of the school year, over 700 iPads were given Northwest High School students.

Northwest Public Schools Technology Coordinator, Brian Gibson, says the 1 to 1 iPad concept has been well received, but there have been challenges.

"We've had a few broken iPads but you know, I think that comes with the territory," said Gibson.

Unlike the Grand Island Public School's iPad program, if an iPad is damaged at Northwest, students don't have to pay out of their own pocket until the 3rd incident... leaving the district to pay the bill.

Principal Tim Krupicka says, "we have basically a deductible, a set amount that the district is charged. And for a 2 year lease students are, you hate to use the word 'allowed' two breakage's, but after two in that 2 year period of time students will be access a fee to pay for the entire iPad."

This week, Northwest Public Schools Board Members also heard about benefits of the program.

"I think the board is satisfied with how things are progressing. We have had a lot of positive comments from parents and students on the use of the iPads," said Keith Ostermeier, Northwest Public Schools Board President.

Ostermeier says the school is also finding teachers could use some help.

"What we're finding out is that to help the teachers implement the use of iPads in the classroom, they're going to need some support either in training or technical support," said Ostermeier.

The administration is recommending a new job position of technology integrationist within the school. The purpose of the position would be to help teachers integrate the iPads into lesson plans.

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