By David F. Rooney
Local elementary students are about to become the beneficiaries of the school district’s new investment in mobile technology.
Micharel Haworth, SD19’s District Vice-principal for Technology, told trustees that the Mobile Tech Project is intended to facilitate the examination, exploration, and development of an in-depth and wide-ranging understanding of the learning opportunities that this technology brings to students and their teachers.
The district is acquiring 20 iPad tablets, iPad mini-carts, Apple TV-video projectors and software. Teachers will be trained to use this technology to enhance children’s learning, starting with a January 26 mobile technology project meeting, followed by a February 20 Professional Development Day centres on this technology and subsequent meetings during the year..
Haworth said there are eight stages to the first year of this project:
Phase One — Request for proposals from interested teachers;
Phase Two — Initial meeting of interested teachers;
Phase Three — Submission of proposals;
Phase Four — Review of project proposals / announcement of participating teachers;
Phase Five — Distribution of iPads to participating teachers and initial professional development session;
Phase Six — Deployment of iPad mini carts to the three elementary schools and Apple TV / video projectors, 20 iPad Mini Units (32 MB), iPad Storage / Charging / Transport Cart;
Phase Seven — Continuing professional development throughout school year starting with a January 26 Mobile Technology Project Meeting and a February 20 Professional Day (Half Day Session on eBooks); and
Phase Eight — Review of first year of project and preparation for the following year of project.
Haworth said thoughtful use of technology will greatly enhance children’s learning experience in Revelstoke’s three elementary schools.
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By David F. Rooney