We’re almost done with iPad deployment this year, and coming up, we have some parent nights for learning more about the iPad program.
Our technology team, headed by Peter Martin, has been responsible for the behind-the-scenes work in setting up and configuring iPads. I know Ginni Nichols and Mike Arrighi have been helpful leading up to handing out iPads to students. Our library media specialists have also been instrumental in making sure iPad deployments ran smoothly.
We continue to struggle with Apple ID requirements for students. I want parents to know we regret the process has to involve coming to our schools and spending time creating these accounts.
I am looking forward to where we are 3 weeks from now – when the real exciting things really start to take shape with deeper learning. As I watched tonight at home the new Apple announcements for the iPad Pro, the new iPhones, and the Apple Watch, I was less impressed by the hardware or Apple’s new software. What stood out for me was what people were doing with these mobile tools. We might not yet be at the level that doctors, engineers, artists, and photographers are yet on the professional level with these tools, but there is something to be said about the inspirational notion of a tool doing something well and effortlessly to help us achieve our goals. Please know our team of educators this year is dedicated towards making these tools work for kids to help them realize their full potential. Through apps? Yes, but more through creativity, innovation, and hard work.