By ROBERT S. MERRILL
DAYTON – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna visited the Beutler Middle School on Thursday to see first-hand how students were using iPads.
West Side School District started using iPads in the middle school recently and every student in the district has had presentations from iKeepSafe representatives. The iKeepSafe program specializes in educating teachers, students and parents about digital citizenship and internet safety.
West Side School District received a $138,718 technology grant this past summer from the Idaho Department of Education.
This pilot project implements 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, said WS Superintendent Spencer Barzee.
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.
This story is sponsored by Willow Valley: Dr. Patten.
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