A-W begins Phase I of 1:1 Initiative

Posted March 7, 2013 at 6:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

At their Feb. 11 meeting, the Akron-Westfield School Board unanimously approved purchasing technology equipment for Phase I of making the district a 1:1 Initiative School.

Grades 7-12 Principal Derek Briggs presented the Phase I purchase order, which includes:

• Three IMac computers for the art classroom, $4,953.24;

• 55 MacBook Pro computers for teachers, $7,671.35;

• 130 iPad minis for the elementary, $39,036.40;

• 20 Lightning to VGA Adapters, $952.20; 30 Lightning to 30-pin adapters, $845.40; and 10 Apple Dock connector to VGA adapters, $281.80, which will sync the computer carts with the new technology;

• Two Bretford PowerSync carts for iPads, $5,053.26. A-W has one such cart now. One of the new ones will go to the High School Science classrooms and one is for the Middle School iPads. (Microsoft funds will be used to purchase iPads for the high school science classrooms at a separate time.)

• 30 Apple TVs, $2,886. These are not televisions but wireless connections for iPads and computers.

• Seven iPads for staff and use in the science classrooms, $25,781.20. (iPads for Middle School will be purchased later through a lease agreement.)

• Four days of Professional Development training (with separate high school and elementary school staff sessions), $11,272.88.

The total purchases from Apple Inc. Education is $148,734.23.

Briggs noted the district could have gotten an even better discount if they had purchased everything up front at the same time. However, some of the equipment would have been setting around for four or five months before it was used.

“We had two concerns: the development of technology in four months is considerable and the security and safety of those devices once on site,” said Briggs, explaining it was decided to wait to lease the rest of the items until April with a July delivery date.

The items listed here were purchased, not leased, said Briggs.

Board Member Deb Jordt commended the Technology Committee and school administrative team for putting this 1:1 Initiative together in such as short time.

“It’s an exciting venture,” said Briggs.

The Akron-Westfield Community School District’s Grades 6 – 12 will be completely implemented with the 1:1 Initiative by the first day of school this fall, said Briggs in a phone interview Monday.

Grades 6-8 students will receive iPads and high school students will have Macbook Air laptop computers, he said.

The teachers’ computer equipment arrived Feb. 28, said Briggs, and as soon as the computers have software installed, school administrators will be holding several in-service trainings this semester for teachers to learn how to use their devices and how to teach with them so they are ready to use them in their classrooms this fall.

In addition to computers, teachers will receive iPads, added Briggs.

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