St. Martin’s Episcopal School recently delivered iPads to all its 4th and 5th graders, and HP Chromebooks to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. The school did a test program with two grade levels last year. They will use the devices throughout the school day and at home for homework assignments.
In addition, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms each have five iPads that students can use in small groups or centers for different learning activities. Those iPads are housed on campus at all times. In the Early Childhood preschool, a mobile cart housing 20 iPads is available for teachers to “check out” and bring to their classrooms for learning activities.
In addition to teaching students how to use these devices for their academic work, St. Martin’s is intentionally teaching students how to be good “digital citizens” — be responsible with their equipment and be accountable for how they use them.