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Lakeland introducing iPads in elementary schools

The Lakeland School Board heard that classrooms are getting more digital as the district is introducing iPads (computer tablets) into elementary classrooms.

Starting this fall, students in grades K-5 will have a 2:1 access (two students sharing one tablet) in the classroom. Director of Curriculum Crystal Leu told the board that they project a 1:1 access for tablets in the elementary schools by 2015.

Fees for the tablets are included in the textbook fees approved by the board, which saw an increase of just under $10. “In the future, a larger part of the textbook fees will be used to fund more digital text,” Leu told the board. The district calculated the fees based on parents paying one half of the cost of a tablet, and dividing by two students who are sharing, effectively having parents cover ¼ of the cost over four years.

The iPads will remain in the classroom and the board was assured that the district fully expects the technology to be used as much as possible.

Former Lima-Brighton 5th grade teacher Amy Sayers will be the district’s technology coach and will work with teachers during the coming school year to fully integrate the technology into their curriculum.

Wolcott Mills Principal Brad Targgart told the board that the iPads will also be very useful as students should be able to take ISTEP tests on them.

In other business:

The board hired Leanne DeFelice as the assistant principal/athletic director for Lakeland Middle School.

The board approved the Lakeland Middle School Student Handbook for 2013-2014.

The board approved the cafeteria food supply bids for 2013-2014.