Parkland Press

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Youngest students to receive iPads

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

Parkland School District’s one-to-one initiative will reach fulfillment in the 2019-20 term with the purchase of iPads for students in kindergarten and first grade at a cost of $332,305.

At a recent school board meeting, Kelly Rosario, director of curriculum, instruction, and professional development, explained the three-year plan to provide every student with an electronic device started at the middle school level in 2017-18.

High schoolers were supplied in 2018-19, and elementary in 2019-20.

Most of the units were Chromebooks, but Kelly said kindergartners and first graders are better able to use iPads with the touch screens.

Rosario added that the kindergartners and first graders will use the iPads only in school and will not take them home.

The board approved purchase of a three-year license for WEVideo at a cost of $39,325 for a three-year term to be paid from federal Title IV funds.

Rosario said students and teachers use WEVideo to edit videos on Chromebooks.

For professional development, the board approved an agreement with Eduplanet21 for elementary teachers at a cost of $55,000 to be paid from Title IV funds and a renewal of Hoonuit online technology training for teachers at a cost of $24,138.

Rosario explained teachers can do the professional development at home and can learn more about using technology in the classroom to make subject matter come alive.

The board approved purchase of the MindUP curriculum which uses mindfulness to encourage positive thoughts and calm behavior for students in kindergarten through fifth grade at a cost of $48,460.