Dear KSD Families,
On November 6, 2017, the KSD Board of Education unanimously approved the recommendation to purchase student and teacher iPads and laptops to support student learning.
This decision comes after a yearlong process of engaging teachers, principals, parents, and students to understand our technology needs and improve the learning experience for our students. After numerous months of study and discussion, the technology tool will be different based on grade level to best respond to the varied learning needs of our students:
K-2nd grade: 5th Generation iPad 32 GB 9.7" screen and protective case
3-8th grade: 5th Generation iPad 128 GB 9.7" screen and ruggedized case with keyboard
9-12 grade: 13 inch MacBook Air laptops with 128 GB hard drive
K-12 Teachers: 13 inch MacBook Pro laptop with 128 GB hard drive and 5th Generation iPad 128 GB 9.7" screen and ruggedized case with keyboard
This educational purchase for student learning is possible because of our supportive community who approved the technology fund in 1993. This dedicated fund is distinctly separate from the operating budget. The update also includes improvement to our infrastructure (i.e. WiFi, filtering, mobile device management). We will continue to provide ongoing attention to these systems to ensure we keep up with changing tools and changing needs of students.
While we are pleased with the deeper learning our students experienced with our initial iPad roll out in 2012, we are beyond excited by what these new, varied tools will do for our students. Adding digital resources opens many doors to learning.
For our teachers, we have an integrated professional development plan to support their use in utilizing the technology to enhance instruction.
For our students, they will begin the process of turning in currently issued iPads during the second semester and receive the new device. Each school will follow up with families on the specific rollout timelines for their building.
As teachers begin to use these tools, there will be a tremendous opportunity to personalize learning for students and help develop future-ready skills.
We invite you to join us at our next Community Forum on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. (North Kirkwood Middle School Library, 11287 Manchester Rd) where we will discuss the plans for the future.