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Student Technology Revisions In Sioux Falls

December 9, 2013, 6:06 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Student Technology Revisions In Sioux Falls

The Sioux Falls School District is making some revisions to the future of the student technology. Monday night, the changes are presented to the school board.

We spoke with the woman giving the report at Monday's meeting to find out what the changes are and where they came from.

When the Sioux Falls School District first proposed the 1:1 initiative, students K-2nd grade were supposed to each get an iPad for class in the 2014-2015 school year.

Now, the district is revising that proposal.

"What we're recommending is that every classroom get a set of seven iPads and every teacher gets his or her own iPad also," Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Staff Development Sharon Schueler said. 

Schueler will be presenting the report to the school board Monday night. She says the changes to the initial plan are happening now to give teachers more time with the new technology.

"We want this year to be about training teachers on how to manage apps, learn the iPad themselves, help the student learn the iPad," Schueler said. 

After the first year with limited iPads, 2nd grade students will move to the 1 to 1 setup in 2015.

The District will then evaluate the 2nd grade progress to decide if the first grade and kindergarten classes should also move to iPads for all kids.

Schueler says having seven iPads per class will still give students the chance to use the technology in learning centers or groups, but not fully rely on them.

"That's why we're really looking at Kindergarten and 1st. We don't want the iPad to teach them how to read. Or to teach them how to do math. The teacher is still the main focus and the main deliverer of information in the classroom," Schueler said.

While Schueler says money was not a deciding factor in the changes, it is a perk. The revisions will save the district almost $2 million the first year and around $1.1 million after the second year.

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