TCSD Trustees approve plan to get Apple computers for all teachers and students

(Jackson, Wyo.) - This week, the Teton County School District Board of Trustees approved moving forward with an Apple lease agreement. According to TCSD Information Coordinator Charlotte Reynolds, the initiative will be implemented in a phased approach. Phase I of the implementation will begin shortly after the first of the new year and will include providing K-12 teachers with a 13 inch MacBook Air (laptop) and an iPad Air II. Reynolds also said that Phase 1 will include professional learning to support teachers based on their level of experience and familiarity with Apple devices (date soon to be determined) in order to learn about these devices, get comfortable with, and begin to see instructional implications for students. "In conjunction with this, over time we will operate on an iOS platform district-wide. This transition will allow us to continue to use Google Apps for Education and provide a continuous K-12 operating system for our students and school district. Classroom spaces will be adapted in order for the devices to wirelessly project for whole class viewing. Smart Boards and Promethean Boards that still function will remain in place," said Reynolds. She added that the launch of this program will not mean that everything teachers do will be completed on devices, nor will it mean that all books and texts will be offered digitally. Appropriate balance will be maintained to ensure that the students have opportunities to advance academically using the best tools as resources. Phase two of the program will include distribution of student devices and will occur in the fall of 2016. The details of student deployment will be finalized and updated through the next semester and may occur in more than one phase. "Once the initiative is fully implemented every teacher and student will have their own device to use for educational purposes," said Reynolds. *Feature Photo: h/t Teton County School District / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news