LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Every fifth and sixth grader in the Lafayette School Corporation will be given their own iPad in the fall to use for the school year.
It’s part of an ongoing initiative to have every student above third grade have their own device to use.
The LSC school board approved Phase Two of the initiative Monday evening, which includes every Sunnyside student getting an iPad, paid in part with textbook fees. It also includes purchasing 450 iPads for use in Tecumseh Junior High and Jeff High School.
“I think it’s pretty exciting night for LSC,” said Superintendent Les Huddle. “It is still only a tool. We’re certainly not doing away with teachers. But we also understand that the generation that we are educating today are digital learners.”
The board also learned Monday that the district is a recipient of a $100,000 grant that will purchase five carts of 30 iPads each for use in STEM classrooms, as well as provide professional development for teachers in how to use them.
The board also approved a few moves Monday News 18 has already reported on. It created Task Force VI to study and make recommendations about the looming overcrowding issues because of very large kindergarten classes the last couple years. It approved a request by United Way representatives to participate in new bornlearning Academies in the fall.