Fifth-grade Sandusky students get iPads

A federal grant has made digital learning possible for fifth-graders in Sandusky Schools.
Alissa Widman Neese
Feb 11, 2013

The district this year purchased 300 iPads using funds from Title I, a federal program initiated by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to provide financial assistance to schools whose students are largely from low-income families.

The one-to-one iPad initiative is part of a district-wide effort to integrate technology throughout elementary and middle school classrooms. Sixth-graders have had one-to-one laptop access for several years, while junior high students have shared a limited number of iPads and laptops since last year.

For more on the program and how the students are using the iPads to learn, pick up a copy of Monday's Register.
 

Comments

Super Judge

Free breakfast, free lunch, and now a free ipad! At least there is open enrollment for a quality education.

Mallory01

Your name says it all.....

TaxRaider

The Ipad doesn't belong to the students, it is a tool in the classroom. Should school districts charge students for textbooks?

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BW1

"The Ipad doesn't belong to the students"

Not until they "lose" it and are issued another one.

Centauri

"They save a considerable amount of money on textbooks, reference materials (encylopedias, dictionaries, maps, etc)and paper. The school districts block games and non-educational applications. Students can learn at their own pace and at their own level."

Good enough reason to get rid of brick and mortar schools.

TaxRaider

Centauri ... If parents didn't need a babysitter, I think we would see more digital schools. Just look at the number of college and universities offering hybrid educations.

queenjhb

20 years ago sandusky schools were doing everything to help students get ahead, to get a job, then why are these adults on assistance, they can move with all these wonderful skills to other states, do better, be better , they dont have to stay here, or maybe the education they got wasnt all that after all . Experts in the basics first,read,write and math, do those things well and the rest will come.

Mallory01

That would be great. But, I love my city. THAT is why I choose to stay. I went to college... Used the wonderful skills afforded to me at the time. But, when was the last time you were in a classroom or library. No more card catalog. Everything is technical. So, if you learn the math, learn to read, and learn to write, that won't help with the successful jobs out there. Doctors, nurses, lawyers, police, military.... EVERYONE uses some form of technology now. Move with the times and be happy "you" aren't paying for the move forward.

gbi

I couldn't agree with you more, Mallory01. Just consider the fact that the people that are being negative are NOT USING PEN AND PAPER to submit their comments. They are using the same modern technology that they are complaining about. Seems hypocritical. We can still pride ourselves with the fact that we have the ONLY school system in the area that has programs in place that allow students to graduate high school with up to 22 transferable college credits!! Just ignore ignorance. ;-)

TaxRaider

Many area high schools offer students the opportunity to earn college credits but Sandusky High School allows students to earn college credits without leaving the building. My son graduated in 2008 with 16 college credits at no cost to me, or the school district. He had to move to get a job. I believe SHS students can earn as much as 31 transferable college credits without leaving the building.

Mallory01

Good for you and your son! I think it is an awesome opportunity! Thank you for your post!

Licorice Schtick

Inkwells. We need inkwells.

gbi

Good for your son, TaxRaider! My numbers are accurate to date. When summer school was in the budget where students could take core classes in advance and allow room in their schedules for more AP classes, they could earn more than 22. I'm not entirely sure what him having to move has to do with fifth graders getting iPads, but thank you for sharing your story.

TaxRaider

My comment about my son moving is in reaction to the blogger who made a comment about "20 years ago", the blogger left me the impression that Sandusky City Schools must not have done a good job educating students if they couldn't move on to greener pastures. I don't know much about AP classes, but I do know the tech prep programs offer students the opportunity to earn college credits through BGSU Firelands. My 8th grade niece came home with the course selection guide and it says students in the business management program can earn 31 credits during their junior and senior years.

donutshopguy

TaxRaider,

I believe you are mistaken in regards to your son's college credits being no cost to the school. As in open enrollment, the state money provided by the state follows your son. Thus, the college providing the college education receives a portion of that money.

Just to clarify the situation.

UgtaBkdnMe

Donut,

Apparently you don't understand career-tech funding and earning college credits through career-tech programs. The district does NOT pay any funding for the college credits. You must be referring to the post-secondary option program that your district has. Huron sends all of it's career-tech students to either EHOVE or Sandusky High.

donutshopguy

gbi,

Transferrable to what colleges?

Mallory01

That's all you took out of that post? OBVIOUSLY you didn't go to Sandusky and earn those credits!

TaxRaider

Transferrable to any state college/university in Ohio through the Ohio Board of Regents Transfer Assurance Guides.

Mallory01

Wow! You are on this! My children are young, but you can bet we will benefit from these advantages!

TaxRaider

I'll let you in on a secret, I'm not from this area, and I don't live in Sandusky. I chose to send my son to Sandusky High School through open enrollment because of their engineering program.

Mallory01

And, we were glad to accommodate you and your son to better his education. Maybe if there were more people out there that would come forth and tell the good Sandusky has to offer.......

gbi

Good for you, Tax Raider!!!! Sincerely.....so many outside of the district don't have the guts to drop their foolish pride long enough to recognize that SHS can not beat when it comes to educational opportunities. Thank you.

TaxRaider

Don't thank me .... I am thankful that Sandusky High School educated my son in academics and the real-world. My son had the opportunity to go to school with a very diverse student body, diverse in ethnicity, economically, and physically(handicapped students are not shipped out). My son had the chance to develop the social skills needed for the diverse world.

UgtaBkdnMe

These are transcripted credits and must be accepted by ANY Ohio (state) funded college or university.

donutshopguy

Mallory01,

You are correct I didn't graduate from SHS and earn those credits. But, I was interested in where those credits could be applied. UgtaBkdnMe answered my question in a simple adult manner.

underthebridge

I'm not against adding technology, but I think that this kind of (largely) unsupervised access to the internet isn't safe or appropriate for students in 5th grade. A school district, unless it has set up an "intra-net" rather than provide internet access can't keep up with restricting access to all sites. For instance, Facebook has about 180,000 servers that are all under the facebook.com server. The kids at Perkins would figure out a new name of a (mini) server and by the time the school figured it out, the kids were on to the next one. I'd suggest it was the same for Twitter or Instagram too. I'm not saying that there aren't advantages, but I tend to not think it is the "magic bullet" that many school districts promote it as.

As much as Perkins promotes their 1-to-1 laptop initiative, it hasn't upgraded Perkins Ohio Department of Education District Report card. In 2012, Perkins renewed the 3 year lease for the student laptops for about $2.7 million. Their report card from the state has flat-lined for years.

So, could the I-pads provide some advantages of being a substitute for books that are specifically downloaded? Yes. Are there risks that need to be considered? Yes. My concern is that the risks (i-chatting, cyber bullying, etc) are downplayed.

Mallory01

My daughter is in the 5th grade so I have a little knowledge about the iPads. This is a new program, obviously. They do not use them all throughout the day. They use them when they have finished their work and need to look up research or they can use them for math apps and many other age appropriate apps to aid in the educating of the students. They are kept locked up and the teachers release them to the students. As of yet, the books are not being replaced by these tablets. But, maybe in the future they will. I know all to well about the laptops at Perkins. And, to be honest, I feel they are not being used to their fullest potential. There are several students that I know that used them for nothing but a DVD player and music player. They didn't use them for school at all. Now, this is an isolated incidence and there very well may be students who are using them for their purpose. To my knowledge the students have no access on the iPads to any chatting sites and stuff. And yes, where there is a will there is a way! But, we are talking about 5th graders. Most are happy to just be able to touch an iPad. There are probably those few who might be able to maneuver around the sites, but they don't use them enough to have the time allowance to do this.

underthebridge

I'm glad to hear that the 5th students don't have complete access to them. One of the things that Perkins had problems with the first year they released the laptops is that the the i-chat had not been disabled and furthermore, the kids we downloading copies of yahoo i-messenger on to them for instant messaging. This created some problems with instant messaging each other during the day and was even cited as a contributing factor in a bullying incident. Again, I'm not against technology but I also think that there are risks associated with their use by younger students that should not be ignored.

luvblues2

I highly doubt that grade school kids would be able to freely access the internet. As, underthebridge stated, it would be intranet only. Also protections would be in place to assure that each student had a password and user ID and would only be able to access his/her homework or assignment for that day. That stops cheating and looking around where they don't belong. Colleges have been doing so for years.

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