Waverly Schools Purchase iPads For New School Year

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

It all started a year ago at Elmwood Elementary, when the school bought 12 Apple iPads to use in the classroom. Fast-forward to the present, and the initiative has spread to all three of Waverly School District's elementary schools.

Each of them have purchased 30 iPads that will be used in kindergarten to fourth grade classrooms this school year. According to Elmwood principal, Tim Lyman, it is about one machine for every five students.

"Our kids live in an age when they get instant feedback on everything they do and it's our responsibility to provide them feedback and iPads are just one way we can do that," said Lyman.

To get the iPads to each classroom, they will be stored in carts that carry up to 30 and can be easily wheeled to a destination.

"Our teachers will have to be thinking about how using an iPad in the classroom will have the biggest impact on students," said Lyman.

For 30 iPads, Lyman said it cost each school roughly $12,000 out of the general fund.

Waverly Middle School is also buying 180 iPads for its seventh and eighth grade students, but a School Improvement Grant is being used to fund the purchase.

"We thought it would be wonderful to have student technology," said Deborah Quinn, a seventh grade teacher at the school, who helped write the grant. "It's an engagement tool and something that we can use with all the kids so they have something in their hands."

At Waverly Middle School, teachers are split up into teams of four and each team will get their own set of thirty iPads to share. Quinn, a science teacher says, she already has ideas on how to put the new technology to use.

"I have a couple applications about cells that I want to use them for," said Quinn. "To take them inside of a cell."

As Lyman said, it is just another way to keep students engaged in class when they return in September.

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  • by Jake Location: Waverly on Aug 21, 2012 at 08:25 PM
    Nice job of getting us in the technology age. This seems like a better plan to have "groups" of Ipads for teachers to use to enhance learning vs. "giving" one to five year olds like they are doing in Grand Ledge.
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      by Jason on Aug 23, 2012 at 09:24 PM in reply to Jake
      It's insane. The kids are going to grow up not knowing how to operate a pencil.
  • by Sharon Location: Lansing on Aug 21, 2012 at 08:17 PM
    I am always amazed at the venom people spew when there is just an opportunity to share some good news for the students. Public schools can't do anything right in this negative culture...kids need technology and if you doubt that find out how many jobs were replaced because the adults did not keep their skills in using technology up over the years. Lwt's just wish all of our students and the teachers that lead them a great school year. Stop the madness of negative energy. These kids and staff deserve better.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2012 at 10:51 AM in reply to Sharon
      Sharon, let's include the ever foregotten tax payer in that better deserving category!?!?!?
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        by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2012 at 08:16 PM in reply to
        Of course the tax payers are the backbone of the support for schools and have always been but I still have faith that those dollars are well spent when educating our youngest learners. Generations before did it for us and we need to continue providing the best that we can for the kids.
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          by Jason on Aug 23, 2012 at 09:20 PM in reply to
          Yes, generations before us funded our schooling, but it was done on paper with pen and pencil and text books! That's the way children should be learning! Save the gadgets for college.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 21, 2012 at 01:15 PM
    Why do young children need these things? It doesn't make them think or encourage creativity; it basically tells them how to play and stunts their mental growth. Programs like this are contributing to our country falling behind in standardized testing and number of college graduates. No one has critical thinking or problem solving skills anymore. We just want our expensive shiny toy to tell what what to do and how to do it. And what parent would want to be responsible for such an expensive toy?
  • by James Location: Lansing on Aug 21, 2012 at 08:26 AM
    Elementary school children with iPads?? I give it one or two days before they are all broken.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 21, 2012 at 05:44 AM
    Why not have each teacher use one in the classroom to expand instruction and help to cut down on the amount of paper used in the classroom. It would help instruction and also save money for the district at the same time.
  • by Lance Location: Mid-Michigan on Aug 21, 2012 at 05:01 AM
    I am a public school teacher and I do not agree with this. This is a fad. It too shall pass...believe me! Does anyone remember the TTI program a few years ago that was going to save schools? Look it up on the Internet if you don't. Most all of the DELL computers ended up falling apart and not working within 2 years which made the millions spent a waste of tax payer money. Why do we, educators, administrators, politicans both DEMOCRATRIC and REPUBLICAN, and many in the general public believe technology is the answer? I would tend to agree with Ron that the brain should be used first and invested in before AI (artifical inteligence) to perform work for you that you probably would not otherwise be able to do.
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      by James on Aug 21, 2012 at 08:57 AM in reply to Lance
      Computers are a fad that shall pass? What world are you living in? FYI, this is not the year 1926. The human brain built computers, and in this day and age, you would be doing a very bad deed if you neglected to familiarize and teach our children about computers. Imagine a child who grows up with zero knowledge on how to use a computer in this world we live in! They wouldn't even be able to get a job at McDonalds! I seriously recommend retirement if you do not believe computers play an extremely important, and vital role in TODAY'S MODERN school system.
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        by Lance on Aug 21, 2012 at 06:32 PM in reply to James
        You are obviously a victim of your own lack of critical thinking/reading. Better take my class. IPAD's are a fad that will soon replace something else. I know kids that survive without computers and some of them work at McDonald's. You don't need a computer to work at McDonald's. Man, you've got an axe to grind. Let me guess you hate teachers???
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          by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2012 at 04:22 AM in reply to Lance
          Lance, let me guess, you hate people that hate teachers? You must be a teacher that never worked at McDonald's. Everything is computerized at McDonald's. Have you ever tried to get change when the computer/cash register is down???
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      by Jason on Aug 22, 2012 at 12:53 AM in reply to Lance
      I agree with you, Lance. Children are not taught to solve mathematical problems on their own anymore. They simply input everything into a computer to get the answer. Just about anything can be "googled" these days. Kids don't even learn to write in cursive like we were all taught because everything is done in text now. It's getting crazy, and with every new piece of technology that comes out, everyone wants to scrap out what they have and buy the next new gadget. And just think, the average person uses less than 10% of their brain, and the brain is cheaper than an IPad.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 21, 2012 at 03:51 AM
    Spending other peoples money, shame on them!!!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 20, 2012 at 03:43 PM
    I can not tell you how disappointed I am in the school district !! Both of my children attend Waverly school district and they don't have the funds for my son to no longer have a parapro that he needs but they have the money for I pads for kindergartner's at that !!!!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 20, 2012 at 03:32 PM
    why wouldn't you purchase these for the high school ??? This is just stupid
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      by James on Aug 21, 2012 at 08:29 AM in reply to
      ..Because they would all disappear. Especially at Waverly High School.
  • by Ron Location: DeWitt on Aug 20, 2012 at 03:16 PM
    I do not agree with iPads in the school. There are too many students that are not able to solve simple math problems. Basic skills should be mastered befor technology is introduced to solve simple math and science problems that students will encounter.
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