Waverly Schools Purchase iPads For New School Year

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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