Marshall (Minn.) schools invest in one-to-one technology

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Moments after her students finished a short math quiz, Stephanie Kiero knew exactly where the group needed more help.

The quiz was taken on iPads, and when the students finished they plugged them into mobile docking stations while Kiero pulled up the results and went over them with the class.

“I like that I can get instant feedback,” she said.

Marshall’s grades four through six shared iPads this year, and grades seven and eight shared laptops, rotating by the month. But next year the school will provide an iPad for every fourth- through seventh-grader and Macbook laptops for every eighth-grader. High school students will be expected to bring their own laptops. Those who need financial assistance will receive consideration from the school.

At a cost of about $100,000 per year for devices and infrastructure, Marshall is one of the first area schools to invest so widely in personal technology for students and staff.

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