As previously promised, Neary School Principal Murdock has released more information about the proposed iPad Pilot for 4th graders. She also posted a video of the October 22nd presentation on technology in the classrooms.
She asked me to share the information with readers. It will also be sent through the school’s email to all parents of K-8 students in the Southborough schools.
The materials are in preparation for the Parent forum next Wednesday, October 30, 6:30 pm at Trottier Middle School. In the letter below, she asks that people remember to be respectful of the committee members and teachers who worked on the pilot when they voice their opinions or concerns.
Here is her letter with links to attachments.
As promised, I am attaching two documents relating to our proposed 4th grade 1:1 iPad pilot project:
Please be aware that both documents are drafts — if you have comments or suggestions, please let us know. We have done our best to provide as much information as possible, and to answer all of the questions that we are aware of at this point, but we certainly welcome input and feedback.
Finally, just a reminder that we are having a meeting next week — Wednesday, Oct. 30th, 6:30 p.m., in the Trottier auditorium — for the purpose of hearing comments and suggestions and answering any questions that were not addressed by the earlier presentations or the attached documents. Please do review these documents and, if you have questions, please do come to the meeting next Wednesday.
At next Wednesday’s meeting, there may be a brief presentation, but most of the meeting will be for people to have a chance to share comments or suggestions and to ask any remaining questions not addressed by the presentations or documents. I would just ask that any comments shared at the meeting be respectful of the knowledge and hard work of our excellent teachers who have been working with this technology since several months after the first iPad came out and have spent many hours preparing for this project. We believe that this project will enhance and accelerate learning for our students and are hoping to have a partnership with parents to make it work for your children.
Finally, if there is more you want to know, don’t forget to take a look at the links on our website. There is much information on there about other schools that have implemented 1:1, research on 1:1 programs, use of iPads to differentiate instruction, and the like. Also, for those who couldn’t attend but would like to hear this past Tuesday’s presentation, the video will be up on YouTube until the end of next week. The link is: http://youtu.be/-nIm0YaZgP4.
Thank you and I hope to see many of you at the meeting next Wednesday! Meanwhile, have a great weekend!
Linda A. Murdock,
Neary Elementary School
Southborough, MA 01772
For past coverage and letters to the editor on this pilot, click here.