1:World Initiative (iPad Program)
District to Provide iPads to K-6 Students for Instruction
Using a combination of existing District devices and federal grant money, the District will be providing all K-6 students and teachers with iPads this school year.
Norwin is excited about this initiative, which follows a pilot program held at Hillcrest Intermediate School last school year that was well received by students and staff.
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 K-6 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.
At this time, devices for secondary students are being provided on an as-needed basis. Parents of students in Grades 7-12 were asked to indicate whether or not their child needs a device on their Reopening of Schools Selection Forms that were due earlier this month. The technology department will make contact with those families to communicate procedures for the distribution of devices.
K-6 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 iPad insurance through One2One Risk Solutions, which is a very reputable insurance company that many school districts use. Like any insurance, there are financial advantages to paying an insurance premium instead of the full cost for damages.
However, for Norwin, the $35 annual insurance premium for iPads is not a requirement. It is completely optional.
Additionally, the District has waived the $35 annual insurance premium for any student who qualifies for our free and reduced lunch program.
If interested in the insurance program, please stay tuned for further details from the School District. More information will be shared once the District has received all iPad serial numbers for the devices, which are necessary for the insurance program. Once that time comes, all parents will be asked to login to the One2One Risk Solutions website to either accept or decline the insurance online.