FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
01 November 2012
MANOR ISD DISTRIBUTES NEARLY 4,000 IPADS TO STUDENTS AND TEACHERS
Manor, TX— In the spring of 2012, the Manor ISD Board of Trustees approved the purchase of close to 4,000 iPads for students and teachers in the District, in order to increase student engagement, enhance instruction, and develop 21st century skills.
Last week, in the last phase of a three-part initiative, all eligible students at Manor High School received their iPads, brining the total number of students on all three high school campuses with a District issued device to roughly 1,500. For these students, the iPad is intended to become the student’s personal mobile device for the year, both academically and personally, being utilized daily in the classroom and at home.
The one to one iPad initiative was also launched as a pilot at Decker Middle School and Decker Elementary School, where every 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade student has access to an iPad while on campus.
In addition to the one to one initiatives, students throughout all other District campuses have frequent access to the mobile devices through classroom bundles of five iPads that teachers and students can use as collaborative learning tools.
In preparation for this extraordinary initiative, every teacher in the district also received an iPad and a MacBook, along with extensive training on how to incorporate these new tools in their classroom. Students have also received in-depth instruction on digital citizenship, which included staying safe while on the Internet and cyber bullying.
Manor ISD prides itself on being a leader in innovation and is thrilled to be able to provide all students with access to the digital tools that are needed to be successful in the 21st century, especially in a district where a vast majority of the students are socioeconomically disadvantaged and may not otherwise have access to leading edge technology.