WOODWAY, TX — Big changes are in store for Midway ISD students when they resume classes after the holiday break. Beginning in January, the district will start its "1:1 initiative", giving every student their own iPad.
"21st century learning requires 21st century tools," said Midway ISD Spokeswoman Traci Marlin. "We'll be getting in about 6,800 iPads and cases, inventorying those iPads and everything that goes with them, getting user IDs put on them, getting apps put on them, and getting them ready to hand out to our students."
Back in May, the district was awarded a $5.4 million bond for educational technology. Since then, school officials have waited for the newest and best equipment to utilize, which happens to be the new iPad Air.
"The iPad Air was coming with faster processors, faster internet access, and also motion detectors, which allow us to do a lot more in science," said Marlin.
Midway ISD officials say the idea behind the iPads is to make learning more interactive and effective as opposed to just memorization and taking notes on paper.
"We want them to be able to create and collaborate, problem solve and research, so they become creators of content and not just consumers of content," said Susan Fletcher, Director of Instructional Technology for Midway ISD.
Over the break, the district has asked parents to review "M Link", which is an online portal designed to answer questions and provide insight to parents and students about iPads in the classroom.