The Apple iPad Mini was selected as the device to be implemented in the District’s 1-to-1 initiative after research, site visits, consultations, and a pilot program in four classrooms during the 2014-2015 school year. The Apple platform has, for many years, been a leader in educational technology. The platform is stable and secure, which is critical in an organization that utilizes dozens if not hundreds, of different varieties of software to support the curriculums taught from kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Apple’s ecosystem, which exists within its devices, caters to the educational market. Dedicated resources specifically for education, many of which are free, exist within Apple’s iBook store and App store. Apple has even assisted in organizing resources to align with National, State, and Common Core Standards. Apple’s iTunes U provides no-cost education collections and courses available for use and provides a platform for our District’s teachers who wish to contribute. Finally, Apple’s free suite of productivity and creativity apps intertwine with one another to allow everything from professional-looking video productions made by students to teachers creating their own classroom textbooks.