Springfield parents: When will your child’s school receive laptops, tablets? – Springfield News-Leader
Ten schools and two specialty programs have already received laptops or tablets as part of Springfield Public Schools’Â three-year plan to improve students’ access to technology.
Two additional schools are expected to be added before the end of the calendar year and others in early 2016.
This week, after completing an extensive review, the district released a plan for deploying the technology to the rest of the schools.
“We do look at equity across the system, so making sure we are reaching all of our students,” Nicole Lemmon, assistant director of blended learning. “We also look at how many devices they already have in their building and where the greatest need is.”
The Springfield school board approved spending at least $4 million to fund the Ignite project, which aims to provide every student with regular access to either a tablet or laptop by the end of the 2017-18 school year.
Under the plan, each student in grades 3-12 will eventually be assigned their own laptop or tablet while younger students have increased access on a rotating basis.
The new technology has been distributed at Bowerman, Cowden, Field, Harrison, Holland, Portland, Sherwood, Sunshine, Wilder and York elementary schools as well as two “choice” or special programs, including the Academy of Exploration at the Discovery Center and the Wonders of the Ozarks Learning Facility located at Bass Pro Shops.
Hickory Hills Elementary is on the schedule for late November and Boyd Elementary is expected to receive the technology in January.
Other schools on tap before the end of the 2015-16 school year include Hillcrest High School and Cherokee, Hickory Hills and Reed middle schools.
Lemmon said the technology roll out has been time consuming and a learning process. Teachers are trained and technology is deployed to “model” classrooms in the building, to work out bugs and test WiFiÂ access before devices areÂ distributed to the rest of the school.
The district designates educators in each building and provides floating support staff to help with the implementation.
“What we have seen this year is a focus on support,” Lemmon said.
Board president Denise Fredrick expressed concern the districtÂ may not yet haveÂ enough technical supportÂ staff to adequately address the needs once all schools have the devices.
Fredrick said the board expects to receive a request for more technical staff during the development of the 2016-17 budget.
“I’m extremely proud of where this district is going and I know it hasn’t happened without a tremendous amount of hard work,” she said.
The following schools are expected to receive laptops or tablets during the 2016-17 year:
â¢ Elementary schoolsÂ â Bissett,Â Disney,Â Fremont,Â Jeffries,Â Pittman,Â Rountree,Â Sequiota,Â Watkins,Â Weaver, andÂ Weller
â¢ Intermediate schoolÂ âÂ Wilson’s Creek
â¢ Alternative programsÂ âÂ Study,Â SOS
â¢ Middle schoolsÂ âÂ Carver,Â Jarrett, andÂ Westport
â¢ High schools âÂ Central andÂ Glendale
The following schools are expected to gain the new technology during the 2017-18 year:
â¢ Elementary schools âÂ Bingham,Â Campbell,Â Delaware,Â Gray,Â Mann,Â McBride,Â McGregor,Â Robberson,Â Truman,Â Twain, andÂ Williams
â¢ Middle schools âÂ Pershing,Â Pipkin, andÂ Pleasant View
â¢ High schools âÂ Kickapoo andÂ Parkview