Springfield Platteview Community Schools are putting learning in the hands of their students. Every junior high and high school student is getting an iPad to use.
Students and parents packed Springfield Platteview High school to get their new iPads. About 500 were given to students in grades 7-12. The kids are already dreaming of possibilities.
"I'm excited to use the ipad because I’m involved in drama and music here, and so for our drama classes we're going to get all kinds of creative apps to use it for like script writing apps," said Senior Shelby Thayer.
On top of writing essays and reading class work, students are allowed to find their own way in which apps and programs will help them learn better. The principal says it doesn't replace teachers but puts the info in their hands.
"The school board has entrusted them to become 21st century learners by giving them the tool that will make them successful not just now but in the future," Principal Angela Simpson explained.
Students learned procedures of the iPads, while parents learned how to set parameters for their kids when using the iPad. Parents could make them use it in a commons area, or set parental controls on their home wifi system.
iPads in Springfield Platteview classrooms came from the school budget as part of the district's 5-year strategic plan. This school year, they'll also have one iPad for every two grade school students.