Camden Hills Regional High School readies to roll out iPads to students
Rockport — The wait for iPads will soon be over for students at Camden Hills Regional High School as administration has announced plans to start distribution of the devices to students Oct. 1.
Due to some networking issues in parts of the school, students have relied on books, pen and paper to complete daily learning activities and homework, rather than technology, since school began nearly a month ago.
High school students will receive iPads Oct. 1, 2 and 3 and administration anticipates students will learn to value the devices as important learning tools.
“We also anticipate there will be some bumps along the road, but are very committed to making the iPads an integral part of students’ educational experiences,” an administration representative said in an email.
Prior to receiving iPads for take-home use, students must complete two 45-minute seminars titled “iPad 101” and “Digital Citizenry” as well as student handbook and pre-iPad-use surveys.
The 45-minute training sessions will take place in expanded homerooms the first three days of October and students not present during homeroom must complete the sessions before receiving a device.
Students also must turn in all required forms, including the MLTI Device Theft and Protection Plan. Parents are not required to purchase the protection plan but must return a signed form indicating a choice. If parents choose the protection plan, payment must be submitted with the form. Any student who has not turned in a signed form, with payment if desired, will not get an iPad until a signed form and/or payment is received.
Students must clear up any debts owed from previous school years and any student who has an outstanding debt will not receive an iPad until the debt is cleared through the main office.
In May, the Five Town Consolidated School District Board voted in favor of the Apple tablet rather than any of the other options approved by the state.
This year the state opened up the Maine Learning Technology Initiative — or MLTI program — to five different options. According to the state MLTI website, the preferred option is a Hewlett Packard ProBook 4400 laptop. The other three options are a HP ElitePad 700 tablet, an Apple MacBook Air and an CTL Classmate, as listed on the state website.
In years past, an Apple MacBook laptop running Mac OS X has been the state-preferred device.
Dwight Collins is a reporter/photographer for The Camden Herald.
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