Push to get iPads to all Illinois district students

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Hundreds of more Downers Grove elementary school students could be carrying iPads in their backpacks next year, as the school district prepares to expand its program to outfit all kids with individual devices.

Grade School District 58 administrators said recently that they plan to buy another 2,100 iPad Minis for the 2014-15 school year, adding to the 1,500 already in use this year. The iPad Minis are part of a one-device-per-child approach, what the district calls 1 to 1. Officials have aimed to put an iPad Mini in the hands of all 5,000 district students over three years.

The second round of iPad Minis would cost around $840,000, officials said, bringing the purchasing total thus far to about $1.3 million. Matt Rich, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said the additional iPad Minis would enable all students to take advantage of the district's technology, even if not all of them have their own device to use in class and to take home.

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