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An Instructional Technology Advisory Committee consisting of teachers, administrators, parents and other district staff convene regularly to evaluate the impact of the program on teaching and learning. Some of the measures that will be used include student, teacher and principal interviews, change in classroom and lesson design, data on student behaviors and attitudes, and classroom observations of student learning. The committee will make recommendations for the program based on this information.
Several excellent examples of using tablets to support instruction are available including information from Project Red, which we are using to guide many of our implementation decisions. Specific examples from schools and districts across the country include Euclid City Schools in Ohio, and Eanes School District in Texas.
While there are no costs to participate, parents have the option of enrolling in an iPad insurance program to offset the costs of repairs due to damage. While each student will be provided with a protective case for their iPad, insurance will help parents cover unintentional damage that can occur such as when a student breaks off a set of headphones in the audio jack or more extreme accidents that render the device unusable. Our district policy, JQ-R already outlines student responsibility for damage or loss of materials, and our hope is that by offering insurance, we can assist in making the risks of a more costly educational resource more affordable. The current cost of the insurance program is $35 annually. >Information about the Optional Damage Insurance Program can be found here.<
The refresh cycle for equipment varies depending on the expected life span of the device. In general, tablets will be refreshed every 3 years, desktop computer labs every 5 years and Chromebooks every 3-4 years.