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Chadwick expanding successful 1:1 iPad Village program

by Olivia Powell - 2014-10-09

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Chadwick’s Village School has extended its iPad program that will be continuing this year. Both the fifth and sixth grades have been provided with iPads, which is expected to create a more interactive curriculum.

The one-to-one program was started four years ago. Due to its success, the program has been extended. The Village School has been slowly implementing the program to help ensure success.

The program uses iPads to replace typical textbooks and lesson plans. Teachers are specially trained to learn how to give lessons using the tablets, and much of the student work is now contained on the devices.

Students and parents are also given instruction on how to use the devices wisely and effectively. Goals include a plan that all grades 3 through 12 will receive and use iPads by next year.

Deborah Levy, Chadwick’s Technology Integration Specialist, is heading up the project. “Our program has proven extremely successful within the entire Chadwick community of students, parents and teachers,” she said.

Chadwick is not the first school to try the iPad program. Some schools, such as private school Rolling Hills Country Day, have had successful one-to-one iPad programs. Other nearby school districts have tried the program to no avail.

Last year, the Los Angeles Unified School District declared their iPad program a “waste of money.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, only one out of 245 classrooms surveyed was actually using the iPad program, rendering the program too expensive for its use.

The distribution became too complex, and little attention was given to the actual programs that teachers were using.

The difficulties came with the lack of training for both teachers and students in using the iPads, resulting in a $61-million failed effort.

Chadwick is working to make its iPads as productive as possible, while insisting that every student has the software to be successful.

According to one of the coordinators of the LAUSD program, the program “requires more than a commitment to purchase and disseminate the equipment. Rather, it is a process that unfolds over time through the sustained efforts of district and school leaders and teachers.”

Chadwick has hopes that its program will be different, and faculty is working hard to ensure success, in hopes that it will expand in the near future.

“We are learning from other schools’ programs--both for what to do and what not to do, to help ensure that we are as successful as can be.

“Planning, training and research are key elements to being successful,” Levy said.

As a whole, Levy believes that Chadwick’s future as a school with a one-to-one iPad program will be very successful.

“We have put a lot of effort into this, and I think that it will pay off,” Levy said.

“There will always be bumps along the way, but we are working through them as a community as we go.”


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