Longmont Colorado schools in the St. Vrain Valley School District, have started the school year off with a new learning tool. The Boulder Daily Camera reported that each student has received an iPad mini, along with help setting up email, calendars, accessing the app store and downloading digital books. Parents also received instructions on how to turn off app downloads and limiting their student’s access to social media.
The provision of the iPad minis is part of a district-wide tax funded program in which every child will an iPad within the next few years. Voters in the district approved the tax measure by way of a mill levy override in 2012 that allocates $2.2 million per year in order to provide the technology to all students in the 6th through 12th grades within three years. In the 2017-18 year, all elementary school classrooms will have a set of iPads for students to share, as well.
One of the reasons for providing the technology, the article states, is to reduce the digital divide between students who have a lot of access to technology and those who only have computer access at school.
The St. Vrain district opted for the distribution of iPads due to the lower cost and ease of use when compared to other options, the article noted. It is not the first school district in the area to address the needs of students in a world that is increasingly dependent on technology, nor are they the only one.
Louisville’s Monarch High School is now in its fourth year of requiring that students either have their own laptop or borrow one from the school. The Boulder Valley School District is also working on a pilot technology program that will provide Chromebooks to older students and iPads to younger ones.
Boulder County’s commitment to technology is not only evident in Longmont Colorado schools but also in the local business environment. If you’re planning to relocate your family to Longmont Colorado, or another community within the area, perhaps it gives you a peace of mind knowing that the Longmont Colorado schools are both progressive and responsive when it comes to 21st century learning.
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