1:World Initiative (iPad Program)
District to Provide iPads to K-12 Students for Instruction
For the 2021-2022 school year, Norwin School District is pleased to be able to issue an iPad to every student in grades K-12 and the Norwin Online Academy. iPads can provide yet another way to engage students in meaningful, personalized learning, among many other benefits.
Using a combination of existing District devices and federal grant money, the District began providing all K-6 students and teachers with iPads during the 2020-2021 school year. This program is being increased to all K-12 students during the 2021-2022 school year.
Norwin educators believe that iPad instruction offers these benefits to students:
- It engages students in meaningful, personalized learning.
- It increases teaching and learning efficiency.
- It provides opportunities for creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication.
- It increases student achievement.
- It extends the school day through increased access.
- It reduces costs (including paper usage).
All teachers are participating in a series of professional development sessions to be prepared to provide instruction with the iPads in both remote and in-person settings. The District has also finalized a collection of educational apps for instructional use. The iPads will be distributed to students in late August and early September.
iPads: Proper Care and Insurance Program
In today’s technologically-driven world, it is certainly important to address the proper care, and maintenance, of technology ~ especially with elementary students. Our District plans to address these needs in a multi-faceted approach.
First, our teachers will be instructing students on the proper care and maintenance of iPads. Our teachers have many strategies, as well as special “tips and tricks,” to share with their students in order to help decrease the likelihood of accidental damage to their iPads.
Secondly, the District is providing each student with a protective case for their iPads. These protective cases completely enclose the device and include a screen protector in order to decrease the likelihood of scratches, cracks, breaks, etc.
Third, we are offering an insurance program for parents. Please see information at right.
The District offers optional iPad insurance through One2One Risk Solutions, which is a reputable insurance company that many school districts use.
There is a $35 annual insurance premium is for iPads. The District has waived the $35 annual insurance premium for any student who qualifies for our free and reduced lunch program.