So we did it. A group of teachers, administrators, and tech folks developed a proposal to move forward with this initiative and our administrators in the school and district got crafty and found a way to include it in the proposed overall school budget for next year. Here in Vermont, we have Town Meeting Day at the beginning of March. At that time, residents of each town vote on school budgets, municipal items (firetrucks, for example), the town’s budget, and other things directly impacting the town.
So now we wait. Well no, we don’t wait. Our School Board and the school needs to educate the community about the budget in the hopes that residents will vote for it on Town Meeting Day.
We’re starting our efforts to educate and inform the community about the 1:1 initiative. The iPad is the device chosen, but we all agree – it’s not about the device, it’s about the learning. We’re hearing some things from the parent perspective, which is helpful. Some have said that they see their children play games on the iPad, but they don’t have the visual of how iPads are used by students in schools. They have lots of questions, all valid. There’s a lot of planning going on, details being addressed, and questions getting answered. We’re being as transparent as possible. We’ve begun to put articles and resources on the school’s website. We’ll continue to add more, as well as examples and videos of iPads being used effectively for learning. (Feel free to share any you have with me!)
Do you have any suggestions for how we might best inform and educate our parent community about the value and importance of this endeavor for learning?