PORTAGE | Somewhere, in a truck, between here and California are 1,000 iPads that will be in the hands of Portage Township Schools students in the fall.
Director of Technology Jay Drew told the School Board Wednesday night that progress is being made in the school's 1:1 technology effort. The aim is to place some sort of electronic device in the hands of every student.
This coming year it will be 2,910 iPads for students in math and English in grades six through 12.
The district is purchasing 1,000 iPads and they are on their way. The remainder will be leased from Apple, said Drew, because of better financing.
Drew said a lease agreement will be before the board for action at its regular meeting on Monday.
Drew told the board that teachers should have the devices in their hands by the end of the month so they can explore and get use to them before classes start in August.
Drew said they are also working on a policy for teachers and determining which apps will be installed on the devices. Teachers will be trained, including eight days of professional development for English and math teachers purchased from Apple. Textbook companies also are providing training.
To prepare for their use, the wireless systems at the high school and two middle schools are being beefed up by an outside contractor, said Drew.
Drew said he will also ask the board to approve soliciting quotes for items, such as projectors for the classrooms and cases for the iPads at Monday's meeting.