FWCS Board approves purchase of new iPads

Susan Mendez - Decatur

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Fort Wayne Community Schools Board approved the purchase of nearly 17-hundred new iPads for elementary and middle school classrooms at the board meeting Monday evening.

The district will spend $732,720 from the Common School Fund and the Technology Advancement Account for the new iPads. The district first introduced iPads in 2012, and this new purchase will be an addition to those. There will be 960 iPads administered to various elementary schools. Teachers had to apply for the iPads and present a lesson plan on how they would use them before being chosen. Additionally, the district will purchase 720 iPad minis for 7th grade math classes. That purchase will be an extension to the iPads already being used in 6th grade math classes.

“Students in the math classes will be able to do different Algebra apps, different applications that pertain to their individual learning level,” said Stephan Armstrong, the FWCS Middle School Technology Coordinator.

Armstrong said the goal is to get iPads in all 6-8 grade math and Language Arts classes. The district already has around 2,000 iPads in middle schools, and leaders have said so far, it’s been a good financial investment.

“We’ve only had three iPads that have needed repairs, so we have a very low level of costs,” Armstrong saidl

District leaders hope to one day have enough iPads so every student can have their own, but that comes with challenges.

“With the budget we have, it’s very hard to sustain a one to one environment,” Jack Byrd, the FWCS Technology Director said. “We’re moving that way the best we can.”

The new iPads will be put in the schools at the start of the 2014-15 school year.

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