May 18, 2012Kirkwood School District teachers will have the latest technology at their fingertips - literally - when they each get an iPad next year.
The plan is to get iPads in teachers' hands to train them on the technology for a year before iPads are given to students, Nick Strecker, curriculum facilitator, told the Kirkwood School Board its most recent meeting.
"The iPads for teachers are a stepping stone to the students having a personal portable device," said Randy Friedline, director of technology services.
Chris Raeker, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, echoed that sentiment.
"We want teachers to be really comfortable with the technology before we put it in the hands of 25 of their students," she said. "Many of our kids are using iPads and they expect to learn on this technology. If we're not ready we're going to get left behind."
Currently, teachers each have a laptop computer, but the iPads will be a big step up.
iPads seem to be the most likely choice because of the breadth of options they give teachers and students that aren't available on laptops, Raeker said.
"Our vision is for all (students) to receive a one-to-one device for home and school with a portal that is secure, easy to use and collaborative," she said.
The school board is expected to approve the purchase of the iPads, as well as replacing teachers' aging desktop computers with new laptops, at its next meeting on Monday, May 21.