Providing an iPad for every student also would close the gap for children who do not have access to technology at home, according to the district.
Some parents have raised concerns over cyberbullying and the effect of increased use of technology on children’s socialization skills, said Campbell.
The district is aware of these issues, she said. The program calls for the iPads to be configured so that children do not have full access to the Internet, and the district would work to educate students and parents on how to stay safe online. Web browsing on the devices would be limited in accordance with the Children and Internet Protection Act, both at school and at home, according to the district.
“Students are not just going to be handed an iPad,” said Campbell.
As for worries over technology usurping face-to-face learning, she said, teachers would be thoughtful about when and how iPads are used.
Families who do not want their children to have their iPads at home will be allowed to opt out of the take-home portion of the program; their use at school would be required, however.
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