The Mary A. White Elementary School class is one of several in the Grand Haven district involved in a technology pilot program aimed at helping district officials look at which devices they should purchase if voters approve Proposal 1 on the May 6 ballot, said Doug Start, the district’s director of technology.
Among other things, the ballot proposal would pay for 1-to-1 technology and student learning equipment. Its approval would mean a zero property tax increase and generate $36 million during a 10-year period.
Start said they have three cycles of technology built into the cost of the bond proposal.
Currently, the district is piloting 90 iPads, 70 Google Chromebooks and 70 HP Tablets in two fourth-grade classrooms at Mary A. White Elementary School, as well as Young Fives and kindergarten classes at Robinson Elementary School. Students use the devices at school.
Lakeshore Middle School has also piloted devices to gather student and teacher feedback.
Start said the devices were paid for through a state technology infrastructure grant, and the school district’s general technology fund paid the remaining costs.
After spring break, the iPads will move to White Pines Middle School, and the Google Chromebooks and tablets will go to Grand Haven High School. Start said they are also using wireless access points in the classrooms, which will move with the devices.
Start said they are piloting the devices because they are asking for community support, and having teacher and student input is critical in order to be successful going forward.
“This is really geared toward giving students a device that will help them with their work,” he explained.
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