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School district invests in iPad for every student

By Mary Richards | Posted - Nov. 27, 2012 at 8:42 a.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Another Utah school district is getting iPads for each student.

The North Summit School District is getting iPads for its 280 high school students for after the first of the year. The goal is next year, 7th and 8th graders will have them. Then the lower grades will have iPad carts.

Superintendent Jerre Holmes says the goal is to have that be one to one in a few years.

"This is something we feel like is the best money spent because we are going to put an actual tool in every student's hand," he said.

Holmes says it's an investment, and reminds residents that school funding has capital funds and maintenance funds.

"People are saying we are in a tough time and people need raises, but this is a fund that has nothing to do with that," he said.

Our hope is that these students will appreciate the opportunity and take some ownership.

–Jerre Holmes

Holmes says e textbooks on an iPad are interactive and cheaper than a physical book.

He says a biology textbook costs $100. But the e book is $13 and it's interactive. Students will take them home, but they and their parents must attend an orientation clearly explaining the supervision and usage fee and rules required. Students can keep the iPad if they wish when they graduate.

"Our hope is that these students will appreciate the opportunity and take some ownership," Holmes said. "That's part of the idea of letting them have them at the end of their high school career, so that they will maybe want to take care of it better."

Holmes added that this is technology kids understand, so it makes sense.

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