WESTPORT – This week, parents of South Decatur Elementary School (SDES) students are attending meetings to learn about the one-to-one iPad initiative, in which each student will receive an iPad to be used for educational purposes.
DCCS Superintendent Johnny Budd said the one-to-one iPad initiative had been several years in the making. He credited the technology committee and several individuals with spending a lot of time and energy researching the program and coming up with a plan tailor-made for the school district.
Decatur County Community Schools (DCCS) has been researching the benefits and drawbacks of one-to-one technology programs for roughly three years. The DCCS technology committee visited three Indiana schools already participating in one-to-one technology programs. The committee has also attended the state technology conference for the last three years.
The Daily News attended one of the meetings at SDES to learn more about the one-to-one iPad initiative. Casey Bolton, the Technology Integration Specialist at SDES, said that in addition to sampling software, the DCCS technology committee has met on a regular basis to share their personal research, collaborate about the initiative and share ideas on the best ways to customize the program for the needs of the school corporation.
“With the ever changing world we live in, technology wise, I think it’s extremely important that we move in this direction for our kids’ futures,” said Budd.
According to Bolton, one of the most important things the school corporation has done to research and prepare for the launch is starting a one-to-one pilot program last January in six elementary school classrooms. The pilot program allowed the school to examine the pros and cons of the one-to-one initiative first hand before launching the corporation-wide program.