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Tuttle Public Schools has purchased 60 iPads for use at the high school and middle school next school year.
 
By Jeff Harrison
Managing Editor

Tuttle Public Schools is slowly chipping away at the walls of the traditional classroom.
The district recently bought 60 Apple iPads for students at the high school and middle school level, and is completing work on a wireless network at all school sites.

Superintendent Lee Coker said the technology upgrades will provide more flexibility for teachers and students.

“We’re just putting the iPads out there and letting the teachers experiment with them and develop lesson plans,” Coker said. “I hope to have them checked out every period of every day. That will tell us that it’s a critical piece of instruction.”

The devices will be part of a mobile lab that teachers can check out for their class. Coker said 30 devices will be available at both schools next school year, with the possibility of adding more in the future.

“We’re going to start by integrating them into our common core curriculum at the high school and middle school,” he said. “And if we feel comfortable with it we’ll add them to the pre-K and elementary levels.”

Both the technology projects were budgeted items. And while some schools have taken a bigger plunge into the technology age, Coker said the Tuttle School District opted to test the waters.

“This was something we included in the budget, so we’ve been pinching our pennies for a while to do it,” he said. “The first step was getting the wireless in. And then we recently placed the order for the iPads.”

Along with the educational benefits, Coker said the new mobile lab could be a money saver as well. The district
spends a lot each year on updated textbooks, which could eventually be phased out by lesson plans delivered on the iPads.

“More and more schools are getting away from textbook-driven curriculum because the books are expensive and you can’t just buy one for your whole lesson plan,” Coker said. “They always need to be supplemented with other materials, so computers and iPads might be more effective.”

The iPads are expected to delivered later this month. Teachers will then have time to become comfortable with the new devices.




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