Rising to the Challenge: Using Mobile Technology in a Technology-Driven Global Economy
We face an ever-increasing challenge to prepare our students to succeed in a world defined by change — to excel in careers that do not yet exist, and to utilize tools that have not yet been invented. It’s a world where the role of the United States as global innovator and economic leader is threatened by the rising sophistication of countries such as China and India who are training their children to compete for the jobs currently held by Americans. It is also a world where traditional education must compete with pervasive Internet access, and mobile technology permeates all aspects of our children’s lives.
It is in the spirit of Community Consolidated School District 181’s commitment to excellence, and the District Technology Department’s mission to provide each student with the best tools to support learning, that we fully support this proposal to pilot the Apple iPad in a 1:1 learning environment in 5th grade at Elm School. We feel that this proposal is the best way to meet the challenges posed to educators and students today and will serve as an excellent foundation for the further expansion of this pilot to serve all District 181 students.
In order to ensure the successful implementation of this pilot, the District 181 Technology Department pledges to provide the following resources in concert with the Foundation’s contribution:
3 year AppleCare Warranty Coverage including Accidental Damage Protection for the 57 iPads included in this proposal
All expenses related to the provisioning and archiving of up to 60 student email accounts
Adequate technical support to ensure full utilization of these resources
iPad as Educational Tool:
The Apple iPad is a logical extension of the iPhone OS platform, taking a mature platform in a new direction. This device provides access to thousands of educational applications and offers many other unique educational benefits. According to the Wall Street Journal, several textbook manufacturers have already begun work to create iPad-specific versions of their books that far exceed the capabilities of most existing digital textbooks which are essentially PDF copies of their print counterparts. The iPad versions will offer far greater capabilities than existing digital text by embedding interactive content, relevant video, and the capability for dynamic updates to the text reflecting current information.
Additionally, a 1:1 environment allows teachers to differentiate their teaching in new and exciting ways, ensuring that each student is engaged and challenged every day. Using technology from Inkling (www.inkling.com) along with other companies, the iPads will provide features similar to interactive whiteboards and give teachers access to real-time feedback and assessments, all customized to meet each student’s needs.
From a technological standpoint, the iPad offers many capabilities that make it better...