April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Schools to expand iPad distribution

By HSJ Online [email protected]

Flat Rock-Hawcreek Schools have approved a plan to put iPads into the hands of all the students next school year.

The school district has approved plans to expand the use of iPads for textbooks for students in grades six through 12. Students in seventh and eighth grade already received iPads as part of their textbooks this school year.

Students at Hope Elementary will have an assigned iPad for use in their classrooms at school every day.

"This is a very exciting time for our school corporation," said Shawn Price, Hauser principal. "This is a plan that was put into motion over five years ago and now through careful planning, a very intentional timeline, and the dedication of our staff we are able to take this next big step."

To prepare for the student iPads, for four years teachers have been issued iPads. Touch screens, Apple TVs and projectors have been installed in each classroom so that teachers and students can view and work on resources as they investigate information.

Price said school officials have kept a simple focus as the project emerged over the last five years: Technology will be used to access information and manage information for learning.

With the new equipment, teachers began to use digital curriculum from many sources -- focusing on finding the best resources to have students successfully master the course content. Teachers and administrators are using a "blended learning" approach which includes many print materials from the library and textbooks.

Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corp. has received the highest grade possible from the state of Indiana making it a designated "High Performing District."

Price said using technology to accomplish this in today's fast moving information age is a critical part of being able to stay up to date and keeping students accessing the highest quality resources.

"There is no one resource or book which can fulfill all the learning needs of a course or grade level, so access to multiple resources and selecting the best of them is the approach we believe creates the best learning experience for our students," said Dr. Kathy Griffey, superintendent of FRHC.

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