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|FAQ||Loan Agreement||Parent Responsibilities|
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Learning In A Technology Age
Kalida Local Schools is pleased to announce a new technology initiative. Beginning in the 2012-13 school year, the high school students at Kalida will be provided with iPads to use in their daily schedule. These iPads will be issued just as textbooks are issued, and they will be used throughout the entire school year.
The Kalida Local School District has been studying the possibility of a 1:1 technology initiative for almost five years. The development of the iPads and the supplemental tools provided to use with the iPads helped spur the decision to implement this initiative. This decision was also motivated by the success our staff and students have already had using the iPads. Our staff and students currently have been using the iPads in the classroom with great success for almost two years.
Our students live in a digital world, altered by ever-changing technology. Whether they are described as "Digital Natives" or "21st Century Learners", we, as educators are well aware that students today are very different from past years. This generation of 21st Century Learners can absorb a great deal of information at super-charged speed whether it is transmitted via a cell phone, television, the Internet, or MP3 player. Digital students are masters of varying types of technology and these students are always connected with their peers and the world. It is our vision at Kalida Local Schools to incorporate these 21st Century Skills into our classrooms.
One look at how rapidly our world is changing from a technological standpoint is readily apparent when comparing the videos from the two links at the end of this paragraph. The videos contain data and information on the incredible pace at which we are adding knowledge and technological advancements. While the two videos are only completed a few years apart the data has changed, and new products and services which were not even on the radar for the first video are now widely used by a large segment of the population on a daily basis. A classroom environment that encourages collaboration and online learning will better engage our students, preparing them for the adult world. We look forward to the challenge!
The following videos are available on youtube if you search for Did you Know - we have taken the videos and saved them in a format that you do not need to go to youtube to view them.
The iPads will be delivered to the district during the early part of June. All iPads will be tagged and inventoried. Both teacher and student iPads will have protective cases. Many teachers have their ipads now and all will have them by early June.
Parent meetings will be scheduled in August. This is a very important meeting to introduce parents to the iPad Project, to answer questions, and to sign necessary forms. Students are invited to attend, but it is required that they be accompanied by a parent. No student will receive an iPad without a parent attending the meeting and returning these signed documents. More information will be forthcoming about those meetings.
Grade level meetings will be held on the first week of school. Expectations and responsibilities will be discussed with students at that time. Students will receive iPads during classes throughout the first weeks of school.
Further updates will be coming on the school district website and we will continue to develop a "Frequently Asked Questions" section that will be updated throughout the project.