When the 2015-2016 school year begins in August, hundreds of students at Reeds Spring Primary School and Reeds Spring Intermediate School will receive access to digital technology as an additional learning resource.
Every fifth-grader and sixth-grader will receive a Fujitsu Lifebook, a convertible tablet PC. Every kindergartner and first-grader will receive an iPad. This is the latest step in the district’s digital transformation. High school students have had digital devices for two years, and middle school students began using them last year.
Intermediate School Principal Jodi Gronvold said, “Students will use the devices as a tool to successfully collaborate and communicate with others, be creative, and to think critically. Students will be engaged in personalized learning which will offer student choice and the ability to work on projects from the real world.”
This is all part of the district’s plan to make students 21st-century citizens and equip them with skills needed in a technology-driven world. Anything a student can do with paper, pencil, and a book, they can now do with a digital device. Students will still learn how to write and spell, the devices just enhance the learning experience by increasing the means to create, collaborate and communicate.
“I am so excited that our students will have the benefits these mobile learning devices will provide,” Primary School Principal Karen Murray said. “Embedding iPads into our instruction will increase the students’ opportunity to learn at their own pace while promoting creative involvement in reading and writing projects.”
Reeds Spring has a partnership with Common Sense Media, a nonprofit which aims to help kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology. Common Sense Media provides a framework for learning, which includes online safety, responsibility and good digital citizenship.
Students in second, third and fourth grades will receive digital devices for the 2016-2017 school year.
The 2015-2016 school year begins August 19.