Eanes School District in Austin, Texas, is another K-12 that has seen the benefits of using mobile devices to deliver a rich learning experience to students. The district has expanded its 1:1 iPad initiative to all students at its high school, as well as selected grade levels in middle and elementary schools.
“We had a few small pilots with the iPads first, but quickly came to the consensus that these devices could really revolutionize our learning environment,” said Kevin Schwartz, director of technology services, Eanes School District. “The most important thing that the tablets do for a student is to give them a one-to-one interaction in which they can access a wealth of educational applications and engage in project-based learning. We’ve been able to move forward with this initiative, in large part, because of our Aruba wireless LAN – both its reliability in providing access for these devices and because of its unique ability to handle Apple devices. Aruba wireless has also enabled us to decrease our investment in wired equipment so we could direct those funds to getting iPads in our students’ hands.”
Waverly Shell Rock, a K-12 district in suburban Iowa, has also seen tremendous benefits from its 1:1 iPad initiative, which has put iPads in the hands of nearly 1,600 students to date. Bridgette Wagoner, director of educational services for Waverly Shell Rock, says that while teachers in their district had already begun to move away from traditional textbooks, the combination of their Aruba wireless LAN and the iPad initiative allowed the district to make a significant transition to digital learning.
“The technology we’ve deployed has really had a transformational effect on our teachers and students,” Wagoner said. “Many of our teachers have moved from simply digitizing what they’ve always done in the classroom to exploring new ways of teaching that are more collaborative and interactive. And for our students, with an iPad for everyone, we’ve really leveled the playing field so that everyone has an equal opportunity for the same advanced learning experience.”