First I want to say thank you to everyone who came out to our recent open house. I had the pleasure of speaking with a number of you individually and enjoyed being able to share the direction I see technology in our classrooms taking.
As I discussed at open house, we have moved to a 1:1 iPad deployment this year. In case you weren’t at open house with us, this year every student in grades 2–6 are being provided with a 32GB iPad Air and a red STM Dux case that they will take home for the school year. For students in pre-k, kindergarten and first grade we are providing a “classroom set,” which means that they will not be going home with the children.
There are two parts to this blog, both of which I think are of interest to you the parents. The first part is that this blog is a place to keep up with the apps that students are using in class, particularly the younger students who aren’t taking iPads home. I know that at open house a number of you expressed interest in being able to keep up with the apps that are the most useful in the classroom so you could use them at home on your personal devices as well.
The other part of this blog is as a place to share some of our experiences making the transition to an iPad school. There are a lot of really interesting use cases for the iPad in the classroom and I cannot wait to share our experiences with you as we give each one a shot.
New Suffolk School is a unique place, and I want to stress that introducing iPads or any technology into the classroom isn’t looking to change that. As I said at open house, my goal is that everyone gets comfortable and familiar enough with these tools that they fade into the background of the classroom the way a notebook or whiteboard does.