The changing landscape of the world’s information from analog form to digital form will certainly require today’s student to have a different set of skills than what was required just a decade ago. Future graduates must not be equipped with just the three R’s, but also must be equipped with 21st century skills of problem solving, critical thinking, communication, and technological literacy. Students will need to be able to quickly and accurately find answers to questions, synthesize information, communicate and collaborate with colleagues--not just in their own office, but with a global community of colleagues and customers. Together with parents and community members, Danville Community School Corporation wants to help students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to responsibly navigate through this emerging modern world. It is hoped that as the Danville Digital Initiative matures, powerful new tools, such as the Apple iPad, will be used in creating a seamless and dynamic educational experience.
All Danville Community High School students and teachers receive an iPad. A limited number of iPads also will be available to K-8 students beginning the fall of 2012.
No, an iPad will be included in student fees.
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A portion of the cost of the iPad will be included in student textbook fees. The Danville Digital Instruction initiative should have little effect on the total amount a student pays in book fees.
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5. How is Danville Community School Corporation funding Digital Instruction and the purchase of iPads?
The Danville Digital Initiative has several funding sources including: the issuing of a bond, student textbook/content fees, efficiencies gained from the use of a device, and a grant from the Indiana Department of Education.
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Danville Community High School students will receive an iPad in early fall of 2011. Danville Community High School staff members will receive an iPad during the 2011 summer training.
No, due to the current program limitations, individuals may not purchase Danville provided iPads.
No, due to the unique nature of the iPad, as well as programming and management considerations, it is not currently possible for Danville to allow individually owned personal computers.
We are currently in a period of transition from sole dependency on textbooks to an environment that allows access to a much greater range of educational materials and experiences. Printed textbooks will still be available during this transition period. Over time, we will be adopting digital textbooks and resources as they become available and when appropriate for each of the content areas.
The choice of the device for student use was driven by a set of defined student and teacher needs. Example excerpts from the rubric used to evaluate devices include: educational programs, battery life, resistance to viruses, ease of use, moving parts, boot-up speed, attachments, and cost.
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Yes, students should take their iPads home not only for school work but also to charge their iPad.
The iPad is the responsibility of the student. Each iPad comes with a limited insurance program. Should an iPad be damaged, lost, or stolen the student and parent/guardian should immediately notify the school administration. The filing of a police report by the parent/guardian may be advised at that time. In the event that an iPad is damaged, lost, or stolen the iPad owner will be assessed a $100.00 deductible for the repair or replacement of the iPad for the first occurrence per device. The iPad owner will be charged the full cost (up to $500.00) plus any reformatting costs for each subsequent repair or replacement. In the event of a lost or stolen iPad and once a police report is filed, the Danville Community School Corporation, in conjunction and only in conjunction with police, may deploy location software which may aid the police in recovering the iPad.