The Ottumwa Courier

October 20, 2012

Technology embraced at forward-thinking E-B-F

LORI FAYBIK
Courier correspondent

EDDYVILLE — Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont students are putting technology to good use as school staff began presenting laptop computers to junior/senior high school students and iPads to elementary school students.

The district’s new 1:1 iPad/tablet program is designed to provide the necessary tools and resources for a progressive learning environment characterized by flexibility, collaboration, personalization, creativity and technology-rich learning, officials said.

Junior/senior high school students received their PlaidLet by Daktech computers this week during rollout assemblies for students and parents. The PlaidLet is a 10.1-inch convertible netbook tablet. Computer screens swivel to convert to a tablet with a passive touch screen.

A stylus can be used on the screen for notes, which can later be converted into a Microsoft Word document. These small but powerful computers include integrated Bluetooth, Intel Learning Series Software and are specifically designed for the education market.

Elementary school students also attended assemblies this week with their parents to learn about acceptable use and rules for iPads. Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students will be allowed to take their new iPads home after a training period. In fact, they are expected to take them home to charge batteries for each new school day.

Younger elementary students will share iPads but will not be taking them home.

District officials told parents in a prepared statement:, “Implementation of a 1:1 iPad/tablet initiative enables anywhere, anytime learning that is no longer limited by the four walls of a classroom or building. Purposeful technology integration liberates teachers from being deliverers of content and, instead, allows them to be facilitators of deep, individualized learning for all students.”