Learning First

learning with iPads

Empower Every Learner

Learning First is a comprehensive plan to purposefully integrate innovative teaching and learning strategies with technology. It is the first action plan that supports the district's newly adopted strategic plan, Navigate 28

The initiative is the result of a yearlong study by the Innovate 28 Committee, a diverse group of teachers, administrators and board members who explored: 
Innovative learning spaces,
Technology curriculum, 
Instructional practices,
Access and devices, and
Personalized learning


Engage, Enhance and Extend

“Learning First” gets its name from the book “Learning First, Technology Second” by Liz Kolb. In the text, Kolb outlines a framework in which instructional technology can engage, enhance, and extend learning in powerful ways. While teachers are already doing this in classrooms, the initiative will take it to the next level. 

iPad Environment

The district will transition to an iPad environment over three years beginning in 2018-19. iPads were selected as the most versatile and engaging device for students following a six-week pilot in early 2018 by seven teachers. They shared their findings with the Board of Education in March 2018.

Students and teachers in kindergarten, third grade and sixth grade will receive individual iPads with keyboards at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. Devices previously used by students in those grades will be redistributed to enhance device access for the other grades.

In the following years, additional students will receive new iPads so that by year three, all students will have an assigned iPad. When the rollout is complete, students will receive new iPads every three years.

Students will still use laptops for specialty areas in science, STEM and art classes.

Personal devices

Students in junior high will have the option to bring home the devices, while K-5 students will leave devices at school. The take-home option is intended to limit screen time for our youngest students, while affording our junior high students the opportunity to complete homework assignments and work on projects as needed. A comprehensive Internet filtering system will be active on the device even outside of school. Parent workshops around digital citizenship and the use of technology will also begin next year.

In preparing for this initiative, the Innovate 28 Committee listened to and learned from surrounding districts. The district is partnering closely with experts at Apple to provide the most comprehensive plan to carry us forward in our work.