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.
 

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24productions

...underthebridge has a great point. And home teaching, while the idea may seem grand, is only problematic for a childs future. Maybe protection from a bully seems great, maybe being subjected to the reality, would teach children to cope with rejection, doubt, and success. You can't expect much from an arguement online, but a physical, face to face debate is what can be necassary for ones success. I do however agree for the furthering of technological advancement, and as long as the faculty, and assistance staff apply strict surveyance and accountability, can this help our children flourish.

Super Judge

Half of them will go missing before the end of the first week.

Mallory01

Oh ye of little faith. They don't leave the building and are locked up when not in use.

Super Judge

are you threatening me?

Mallory01

Huh? How did you even see that as a threat? I just meant have a little faith. And, in case you don't have faith, they are locked up when not in use. That is all. No threat intended.

Super Judge

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).

Super Judge

Remember this when they want more tax dollars. The school just spent over $100,000 on this.

Mallory01

Is there something wrong when I post? Uncle Tom? Seriously? I honestly do not understand. But, I will end this dispute. I was not name calling.... Threatening......or even trying to bash you in any way.

Super Judge

So this is how you treat a elderly veteran? The shame, the shame!

Super Judge

a blind veteran at that.

UgtaBkdnMe

How do local tax dollars fit into this? This is funded by Title money from the federal government and fits the guidelines in which the money was given.

gbi

@ Super Judge......"the schools" didn't use a dime of tax payers money. Use your keyboard to do research BEFORE you post comments. It will help with the level of ignorance/intelligence you display.

Trustafarian

I'm loving this.

Super Judge

Me too.

SamAdams

Too many people here are missing the point. It's not "anti-technology" to oppose these iPads. It's a combination of kids too young for iPads and $100,000 or more that might have been spent on some of the basics schools are crying they don't have.

There's no point in teaching a child to use an iPad when they can't read and write at grade level unless that point is to KEEP their reading and writing below par. The same argument applies to calculators in math class. Did I get to use a calculator? Yes, once I reached advanced levels (second year algebra and beyond). But students, including me, had to know and understand the basics first!

I use a computer every day, and I appreciate the technology more than I can express. But a couple of computers per class is ample for research purposes (for which they're doubtless invaluable) as well as to show kids the rudiments of computer use (which at age 10 is all they SHOULD be taught).

Again, this is a waste of taxpayer dollars in many ways, and also serves to put students still further behind in the basics. Without a solid educational FOUNDATION, it doesn't matter that you know how to fill a job application out online. If you can't spell "resume" or "previously," I'm not hiring you. Get a solid, a REALLY solid underpinning first, and THEN teach the kids how to use an iPad!

Licorice Schtick

At last! Someone who agrees that we should bring back INKWELLS!

Super Judge

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Mallory01

The point is absolutely being missed! I take offense that it is assumed and insinuated that the students cannot read or write. How presumptuous of you. Is all the opposition because you do not want to see SCS flourish? The community needs improvement, why not try to begin with the children? They don't get to keep them. They are property of the schools. They were funded through a grant, and I am happy to say the Wightman-Wieber foundation. They are used as a supplement, not an answer. And, 3 computers are not enough. They are not enough to help the children succeed in the areas where the state is pushing growth. There are so many expectations now as compared to the days when I was in school. While I think the arguments are fair, maybe you should, as a community member, ask to send some time in the schools and see what is expected of the students now as compared to then. And, the teachers have more to deal with too.

Super Judge

my blue ribbon panel plans on addressing some of your concerns.

Trustafarian

I think she spit out the hook. That was fun. Excellent trolling Super Judge.

Super Judge

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arnmcrmn

Kids are falling behind because lazy parents think that education starts and ends at the school doors.

hometownboy

Why is it that the state of Ohio is so backwards when it comes to education? There are southern states that have a lot more common sense than here when it comes to preparing children for the world they will enter.

For some of you out there sadly I'm delivering news to you when I say, there is a world outside the borders of Sandusky and we need to teach our kids to survive and thrive where ever they decide go and call their home. We are living in a world in motion folks. The world is becoming more and more global and we all need to take a step back and question whether the way we are teaching our children is preparing them so that they can have a part in it.

Further, we also need to find other ways to fund things like this that are needed so that the tax payer isn't shouldering the brunt of it (I don't like levies and neither does anyone else).

For these kids with IPads, this is a leg up in their education and we should support things like this no matter whether its Sandusky, Perkins, Huron or Milan. This is what schools should be purchasing.

Even more, most of us can't even compare our education to what they have now and have NO BUSINESS doing so. Don't care about how you were educated back in the day by crackie as this is about them and giving them what they need to succeed just as what was given to us back when we were coming up. We live in a totally different world now and we need to equip our kids to be ready for it.

Mallory01

Thank you! :)

luvblues2

http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/

What it can and can't do. These are also controlled by the IT dept. If the IT dept, is inept, that's who to blame. There is no random BS if the IT dept. has it together.

luvblues2

The first thing an IT person learns is hardware and software and how to build them. The second thing is networking and how to block certain things and let different depts have access to only the things they need access to. (for example: the sales people do NOT need to have admin rights to the server nor does Joe Blow from Kokomo from the Help Desk need to access all files.) Last but not least, a good IT would also certify in Security. That is one of the most important things.

queenjhb

Just saying, if you cant read, write or do math really well, really well, all this technology wont change that fact, besides if you are really good in the basics, then technology should be part of your class experience. Many of us have kids that will do great nomatter what, the average kid and below average should be getting that extra attention to become the very best. Mallory your kids will do well with or w/out ipads. Get everyone up to excellent in the basics then bring on the technology. There are great success stories coming out of sanusky schools ,many more arn't so great. Ipads will not change this fact. Basics first,be excellent at this ,then welcome technology.

luvblues2

I tend to disagree on this one, queenjhb. Some kids do very well with the tech than they do with the old pencil and paper. It comes down to stimulation of the brain. My brain is not the same as yours, anymore than our finger prints are the same. You can write on a chalk board all day that 1+1=2. The child may or may not get it. If you give him one apple to hold in his hand and then another one for the other hand, it all of a sudden becomes relevant. We do not all learn in the same fashion.

RemorselessEverMore

"The district this year purchased 300 iPads using funds from Title I, a federal program initiated by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act..."

Waste of government funds... God forbid they restock their library. What the hell happened to books? Before you know it, Apple will release an iTeacher. "one-to-one"... What ever happened to tutoring "one ON one"?

luvblues2

What public school did you go to? When I was in school it was anywhere from one ON twenty, to one ON thirty. I've not once witnessed a class where there was one teacher per student in the public school system.

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