The wave of the future in education is coming to
the Platteville School District this Fall.
A pilot group made-up of students in the 7th,
8th and 9th grades will take part in the district’s
implementation of the 1-to-1 program. Already
used by hundreds of school districts across the
country, the 1-to-1 program will put iPad tablet
computers in students’ hands. The computers
will be used as tools in the classrooms, but they
are also the students’ responsibility for the year.
That means the students can take them home too.
One of the reasons given to start the program
is the lack of access students have now with
limited time in shared computer labs.
Staff in the Platteville Schools have told the
School Board that adding more technology
into daily learning, will better advance students.
That is, as they grow in a technology-heavy
society. But Superintendent Connie Valenza
told the board it’ll be up to the teachers to
provide information to be able to assess the
effectiveness of the 1-to-1 program.
Starting the program will be the district’s
biggest expense. The Platteville School Board
has voted unanimously to spend $200,000
of the district’s fund balance to start the
program. Additional costs…estimated at
around $40,000…which will be covered
by the school’s operating budget.
And money budgeted now for outdated
technology will get shifted to cover upgrades
in technology, as old equipment isn’t replaced.
There are about 340 students in the 7th, 8th
and 9th grades in Platteville who make up
the pilot group. Each student will receive an
iPad. The Platteville School District’s plan
is to expand the program by one class each year,
eventually going through each high school class
and down to the 6th grade.