iPad Initiative

  • After considerable study and discussion, Elgin ISD is pleased to announce an exciting new initiative at Elgin Middle School. Beginning with the 2014-15 school year at EMS and the 2015-16 school year at EHS, every student in grades 6-12 will receive an iPad as an instructional resource and tool for teaching and learning. The goal of this initiative is to provide students with access to digital content and production tools in and outside of school, giving them the ability to learn anytime, anywhere. It will also be used as a digital textbook, replacing most of the textbooks with more affordable and portable instructional materials.

    Because technology plays such an important role in the lives of our students, we expect that students will use these iPads to become responsible digital citizens, collaborate as a community of learners, seamlessly use digital tools within their everyday learning, and individualize their instruction. We recognize that learning continues beyond the school day, so it is our intent that these iPads will travel back and forth between school and home with each student.

    As we begin this initiative, we know that you may have questions and we certainly want to address whatever concerns you may have. Therefore, please feel free to schedule a parent meeting to answer questions and provide additional information regarding this exciting opportunity.

    In the meantime, the documents listed below outline the lending agreement and responsibility expectations for the student, parent, and the district. Also outlined is information regarding a mandatory, non-refundable usage fee of $25 for all students receiving an Elgin ISD owned iPad, which will be collected during registration.

    On behalf of Elgin ISD, we are ready and eager to provide a challenging and engaging year for your student as we use the iPad as a resource for teaching and learning. It is a privilege for us to work with your student(s) and provide what we expect will be a life changing experience for them.
     
    For more information, please contact:
    • Elgin Middle School
      Sandra Negro
      Instructional Technology Specialist
      snegro@elginisd.net
      Phone: (512) 281-3382 ext. 1551
    • Elgin High School
      Patrick Reid
      Instructional Technology Specialist
      patrick.reid@elginisd.net
      Phone: (512) 281-3438 ext. 1078
    • Technology Department
      Brian Page
      Chief Technology Officer
      bpage@elginisd.net
      Phone: (512) 281-3434 ext. 1223