From the Ferdinand News:
Students at Northeast Dubois will be the first in the county to each receive an iPad as a tool to enhance the learning process.
Next year, the school system will place an iPad in the hands of every student grades 7-12.
The school corporation decided to make the leap after students were polled last autumn, simply asking, “What do you guys need?”
Northeast Dubois Superintendent Bill Hochgesang said, “It started off as a process of how do we improve, how do we get better, what do our kids need.” Hochgesang is adamant about providing the very best opportunities for students.
In response, Jeep administrators turned to other schools that had already adopted similar devices in the classroom. They talked to Vincennes and South Spencer and visited North Central School Corporation in Farmersburg to see what they had and why they chose it, wanting to know what worked well and what didn’t.
Feedback concluded with one common criteria: if you really want to be successful, you need a technology integrations specialist. That’s where Shanna Steckler comes in. She is the Business Tech Lab I, Personal Finance, Business Foundations, Computer Applications and now the school’s Technology Integrations Specialist.
Steckler is charged with providing support throughout the entire school corporation. A three year plan, starting next fall, will introduce grades 7-12 to their own iPads. The following year (2014-15) grades 5-12 will receive theirs and finally, K-12 in 2015-16.
Teachers received iPads in December to begin familiarizing themselves and to know what they want to explore for next year’s curriculum.