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South Tama schools plan is to increase technology

February 8, 2012
By Andrew Potter - Central Iowa Press , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Though the program's plans are still being researched, the South Tama School District is looking to significantly improve the technology offered to its students in the next two years.

The school district is in the process of selecting one of its buildings to take part in a 1-to-1 program this fall, where students with either get iPads or laptops for their use.

Eventually, the program would expand to allow access to the technology for all South Tama students in the next two years, said Superintendent Kerri Nelson.

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Kerri Nelson
South Tama Superintendent

"We've been working for the past three years to lay out a plan to create a digital learning environment for our students," Nelson said.

Several area school districts have signed on to a laptop program in the past few years including BCLUW, GMG, Grundy Center and Gladbrook-Reinbeck. Nelson has been in contact with districts who have utilized this program to give her a baseline.

"We've been working with several school districts in the area, getting familiar with their plans," Nelson said. "We're using some of their models."

Nelson believes having this technology for each student will help them grow in their learning both in the classroom and away from the school.

"I believe it will contribute to more autonomous learning with our students being able to create and problem solve," Nelson said.

The laptops would be paid by the capital projects fund and the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy money at South Tama.

The district is still researching which school building to use as the pilot and which direction to take as far as what technology will be available to students. Nelson estimates the pilot program will be used by 350 students in the district.

"We have a lot of steps we need to take between now and our pilot," she said.



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