North Judson-San Pierre School Board members considered purchasing some more iPads when members met in October.
Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin reminded members that NJ-SP received a grant through the Indiana Department of Education to develop a technology plan.
She noted, “We had two phases of that. We were going to buy some of the computers for this school year, and we did, and then we were going to have ready for next school year, the rest of those. We’re ready to implement and purchase now.”
Dr. Zupin said there is money available from the corporation’s general obligation bond that was set aside for technology and stated that teachers seem ready to move forward ahead of schedule.
However, she informed board members that even if the additional technology is purchased, that doesn’t mean it can be utilized immediately.
She shared, “It will take time for hundreds of computers to be ready to go but I anticipate us being able to use these computers before the end of the school year.”
Zupin noted that NJ-SP plans to utilize the technology a little differently than some other schools, stating they’ll be utilized as a supplemental educational tool within the classrooms.
She explained, “A lot of schools call it one-to-one, that means that they go home. We have chosen to call it devices on demand and keep them here at school.”
School board members voted unanimously to approve the purchase of the iPads.