|1/19/2012 2:50:00 PM|
St. John the Baptist introduces iPod touch and iPad in its classrooms
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First grader Allison Weber uses an iPad at St. John the Baptist School, Milwaukie.
MILWAUKIE — St. John the Baptist Catholic School, a local area elementary school serving 200 students in kindergarten through eighth grade, recently launched an iPod touch and iPad one-to-one program.
Each kindergarten through second grader received an iPod touch, while third through eighth graders received an iPad to use in the classroom throughout the academic school day, as well as with homework assignments.
"Providing an iPod touch or iPad to students and teacher enhances the effectiveness of the school's teaching staff, and allows our students to learn on a tool they already are familiar with from the real world," said Principal Ted Havens. "A steering committee that included staff and parents evaluated other schools that use Apple devices and were very impressed by both the measured results, as well as the enthusiasm of students, teachers and staff that already use the devices in the classroom."
St. John the Baptist Catholic School is also switching to applications that allow cloud based storage and access for students and staff.
"Most all of our students have access to the internet at home" notes Havens. "Our system will allow them complete access and ability to work on any platform that they have available."