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All Salem High Incoming Freshman To Once Again Get iPad

Salem Community High School Superintendent Brad Detering says all incoming freshman students next year will receive an iPad.  This will be the second year in a row the iPad is being used as a learning tool and replacing much of what has been done in the past with textbooks.  Detering wants two years of experience before making any long term decisions on use of technology in the classroom.  

 "Interesting presentations that are going on.  Kids using these in the manner in which they are supposed to be utilized.  We're really seeing some positive things.  Now I'm not going to tell you there haven't been some drawbacks.  We've taken a device that  has a lot of possibilities for distractions in students hands.  What we're really talking about is responsible usage and also  classroom supervision as well.  In order to make sure they are being used in the manner that is consistent with what we thought or envisioned this program could be,"  said Detering.

Detering says it cost the district about $100,000 to provide iPads to all freshman students this year.  $68,000 of the cost was picked up by federal Title One funds.  The Salem High School Athletic Foundation provided $10,000.  That left the actual cost to the district of $20,000 to $25,000.  Detering says some of that expense was offset in fewer textbook and consumable purchases.  

While the Title One money will be available again next year, Detering is uncertain how much money may be available from the foundation.  

He reports the iPads are holding up well, with only two turned in that need to be replaced.  However, Detering says a number of dings or broken screens.  He wants to look at a better insurance coverage plan next year.   Detering believes the faculty may have actually had more mishaps with the machines than the students.   

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