By ROBERT S. MERRILL
DAYTON – The West Side School District started using iPads in the Beutler Middle School recently and last week every student in the district had presentations from iKeepSafe representatives.
Students in the near future will be allowed to take the iPads home. Superintendent Spencer Barzee said parents/guardians were required to attend the iKeepSafe meetings last Tuesday and Wednesday in order for students to take the iPads home. The iKeepSafe program specializes in educating teachers, students and parents about digital citizenship and internet safety, according to Barzee.
The West Side School District received a $138,718 technology grant this summer from the Idaho Department of Education for one-to-one implementation of the electronic devices at the Beutler Middle School this fall.
This pilot project will implement a one-to-one ratio of iPads at the middle-level to ensure proficiency in Idaho Core Standards, participation in digital coursework and preparation for dual-credit opportunities students will encounter when they reach high school.
It’s part of the Idaho Technology Pilot Program, which the Idaho Legislature established earlier this year. The West Side District was one of 11 throughout the state to share in over $3 million in grant funds.
Barzee said 81 schools wrote the state education department and requested nearly $20 million worth of technology.
“This program was one element of our grant for the middle school that was key,” the superintendent said.
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