Corvallis superintendent clarifies future of iPad rollout

2014-01-13T18:30:00Z 2014-01-14T00:05:24Z Corvallis superintendent clarifies future of iPad rolloutBy Anthony Rimel, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times

The superintendent of the Corvallis School District says its one-to-one iPad program will not expand to every student in Corvallis in the 2014-15 school year, as previously was planned.

Superintendent Erin Prince told the Gazette-Times that the district is evaluating the next steps for its 1:World technology plan, which has a goal of providing every district student with an iPad for use at school and at home.

An article on page A3 in Friday’s paper incorrectly paraphrased Prince as saying the district would continue with its plan to provide every student with an iPad by the next school year.

Prince said the district is planning to collect information from staff and the community about how to proceed with the program. She said that feedback will be used to make recommendations to the school board.

“We know that (the iPads) will not be district wide,” she said.

Prince said options for the program include maintaining it at its current level. This year, both the district’s middle schools, an elementary school and select programs within other Corvallis schools are using the iPads, which can be taken home by students in third grade and above with parent permission. She also said the program could be expanded to select grades or schools.

“We have decided to not go to full implementation in 2014-15 since we want to continue to build capacity with our infrastructure and professional development with staff and parents,” she said.

To read Friday’s article on the program, see: http://bit.ly/19XnCOh.

Anthony Rimel covers K-12 education. He can be reached at 541-758-9526 or anthony.rimel@lee.net.

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(4) Comments

  1. Atterazlac
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    Atterazlac - January 17, 2014 4:04 pm
    I love the irony here. People complaining about the use of technology, while at the same time using technology to vent. Neo-luddism at its best.

    And Jules, to deny a student the chance to have access to this technology is what perpetuates the gap to which you refer.

    You say: "Much simpler for Corvallis schools to be Corvallis schools and one try to create one world out of it." What the heck is that supposed to mean, anyway?
  2. gadfly
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    gadfly - January 14, 2014 10:57 am
    A very important discussion happening here. I too have questions: "We have decided to not go to full implementation in 2014-15..." Who is 'We'? And what form will parent opinions take? And to whom are those opinions presented? And by whom? This is a big-ticket item for a school system always crying 'poverty, poverty'. Will the general public (i.e., those who pay the bills) be asked for an opinion?
    After hearing about the working conditions of those who produce these devices in China, I would not purchase one. Will I be forced to pay taxes to purchase these same items?
    Some tough questions here. I hope all points of view are respected and considered.
  3. TheRealJules
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    TheRealJules - January 14, 2014 10:19 am
    In its race for one world, the Corvallis schools create yet another chasm of haves and have-nots while trying to remove the chasm of have and have-nots.

    Much simpler for Corvallis schools to be Corvallis schools and one try to create one world out of it.
  4. tangerine
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    tangerine - January 14, 2014 9:49 am
    I'm glad to see that the district is finally agreeing to slow things down a bit. It looks like they're aware that they got pretty far ahead of themselves before beginning this rollout. Hopefully they'll continue to listen to parent concerns and understand that spending money that the district doesn't have on ipads, which don't improve education for students, is a misguided idea.

    One question: where does the final decision on ipad rollout lie? This article and others are a little vague on whether the superintendant or the school board will make future decisions on ipads in the school system. To me, this seems like part of the problem. How do decisions like this get made? How does the district solicit involvement from staff and parents?
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