A message from Dr. Vaszauskas, MISD Associate Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Accountability:
At [the May 22] Board meeting our Board of Trustees approved the purchase of iPads for all high school professional staff and students. We are working on a plan to get these devices to teachers and other professional staff members as soon as we can, but we do not know how quickly the order can be processed and shipped. The plan to distribute the iPads to the high school students once school starts in the fall is being developed but is not finalized. Once we have more information, we will get that out to you.
We plan to offer optional opportunities this summer for staff members to come and get their iPads, and staff will receive SDCE credit for their time. However, those dates depend on the shipping schedule from Apple. Check the website often for more information.
We are working on a professional development schedule to ensure that everyone has plenty of training opportunities throughout the 2012-2013 school year and beyond. For teachers who already feel very comfortable with the iPads, you will be able to integrate the iPad into your classroom at your own pace. Some staff members, like me, will need a little more time to develop iPad skills. Therefore, all teachers will continue to have access to physical textbooks and resources that you typically use in your classroom.
More information will follow as we work through this process. The best source for current information regarding this initiative will be the MISD Tech Notes blog. Thank you for your patience as we work to bring this very exciting opportunity to fruition.
This post originally appeared May 23, 2012 on the MISD Tech Notes blog.