Technology was in the spotlight during the ‘Reports’ portion of the Three Rivers Community Schools Board of Education meeting Monday evening (June 25).
District Technology Director Scott Grace reported on activity related to the recent purchase of iPads for teachers, timing that made it possible to distribute the devices to teachers prior to the summer break. In the course of a budget hearing prior to the regular board meeting, Superintendent Roger Rathburn said the purchase added $69,000 to the district’s expenditures at the end of the 2011-2012 budget year.
Grace provided a two-page handout to board members – one page listing ‘iPad Teaching Objectives’, the other an ‘iPad Confirmation of Receipt’ listing “terms and conditions” to which teachers, by signing, agreed to be bound relative to receiving an iPad.
Grace said that Rathburn approached him about getting iPads for all the teachers with the understanding they would undergo training to get and keep one. Grace indicated the process that unfolded brought the setting of “relatively simple” goals suggesting “this is what we want you to learn over the next year.”
Grace was upbeat about the response from teachers to receipt of the iPads and said, “I have little doubt that most teachers will be able to accomplish these goals.”
To view the handout provided by Grace, click on the following link: iPad Teaching Objectives.
To hear the opening remarks by Grace in his presentation regarding iPads and teachers, click here (2:56 – 2.68 MB).
For ‘Apple in Education’ information about iPads from Apple, Inc., click here.