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Bridgeport High School going 1-on-1 with iPads

Updated: Tuesday, July 15 2014, 01:34 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio -- This year, students at Bridgeport High School are permitted to use various forms of technology, but next year, high school students will be able to only use brand new iPads via a 1-to-1 iPad Initiative.
"Here at Bridgeport we always pride ourselves in our technology,” Schools Superintendent Ted Downing said.
In all, more than 250 students in the school will have an iPad.
“It's so easy to access information,” 8th grader Mackenzie Hammer said. “It's right at your fingertips.”
“Our board feels committed to provide for students the best possible learning tools that we can find," Bridgeport Board of Education President Roger Stewart said.
Bridgeport Schools Technology Coordinator Lisa Clark said staff members tossed around a few different ideas.
“The common core is more project-based learning, and we looked at two options there: Do we want to go with an iPad? Or do we want to go with a Chromebook?"  Clark said.
When comparing the differences between overall content, the answer was clear.
“The iPad delivers more,” junior Bailey McGrath said. “If you need to do research, it's on there, and you can just click over and do your homework right there on it. I think it would be very beneficial to us."
Parents will have three different options:
1. They can purchase iPads outright.
2. Rent an iPad for their student.
3. Students can use them in school.
It's information students took home with them Monday.
 “With some of us only having one year left in high school, it's a tool that we can have going into college that we don't have to worry about when we get there,” McGrath added.
An open house is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 20, where parents can ask questions about this new technology.

Bridgeport High School going 1-on-1 with iPads


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