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21st Century Text for 21st Century Learners

Posted on February 26, 2012

by Dr. Edna Hussey on February 26, 2012

What does One-to-One with iPads mean for elementary students? Opportunities and possibilities for richer, deeper learning!

This past Friday, the children and faculty gathered on the playcourt for my announcement: the iPad is coming next school year! (When asked how many have iPads at home, nearly half the number of students waved their hands in the air.) As explained in the Honolulu Star Advertiser, every student in grades 3-12 will receive an iPad3, and students in kindergarten through second grade will have access to iPad carts in the Tech Lab. With access to appropriate websites and applications and ability to document their own learning and word process, students will be able to take their learning beyond the classroom. Fostering 21st century skills such as creativity and innovation will be supported through this technology. The versatility of the iPad makes it the 21st century Text with nearly limitless contexts.

Of course, the faculty is excited about the learning horizon ahead. To get there, we will be immersed in professional development that focuses on uses of the iPad in an elementary setting. There are several schools on the continent that already have at least two years of implementation ahead of us, so we have much to learn from their experiences and the research underway. What we know from these instructional models is that the sky's the limit! Besides the fact that there are over 600,000 applications available for the iPad, we are even more interested in how this technology will change the culture of the classroom and the inter-relationships among students here at Mid-Pacific and with their global neighbors. Keep your iPads, laptops, cell phones, and desktop computers tuned to the MPI website as this technology initiative develops.

This Friday, March 2nd, we celebrate our Grandparents on their special day at MPI.
Students have prepared classroom activities beginning at 8:30am and a special program in Bakken auditorium at 9:30am. Parents, please check the parent intranet on Monday, February 26, for important reminders about Grandparents' Day. While you're checking your calendar, highlight March 16 for our annual Ho`olaule`a, a celebration of our MPI community.

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey