ANTONITO — South Conejos Superintendent, Michael Moore, has announced that prior to the beginning of school in August 2013 all students and teachers grades K-12 will receive I pads for use in the classroom and at home.
“I am ecstatic and so pleased that we are able to do this for our educators and our students! It is a shining star on the district as we move ahead in our quest to integrate more technology into both the teaching and learning arenas to improve many facets of lesson delivery, lesson strategies, differentiated instruction etc. and most importantly as a result, improved student achievement and academic growth.”
Student I pads will be loaded with multiple educational apps to provide access to various reading, writing, math and other subject content intended to improve one’s skills. The most significant thing that Superintendent Moore is expecting is for the amount of time on task to dramatically increase. Not only does the program provide more expanded learning opportunities but also it provides extended learning time.
“Without a doubt, this I pad program will provide extended learning time for our children of the district.”
Being a 4 school days per week district, Moore believes that many, many students will be using their learning apps after school hours, on Fridays when school is not normally in session, and throughout the weekend.
“I don’t see how we can lose. The more time spent on learning activities is bound to help students gain more confidence, improve skills and become more independent learners able to master the content objectives.”
The I pad program is virtually free to all students and their families. The school will not provide home internet service for the students. The educational apps will not require internet connectivity. Parents will only be required to pay a small fee of $35 for insurance purposes in case of loss, theft or damage to the I pad. There will be a community, parent and student meeting to discuss the program details prior to the start of next school year.