BELTON (June 19, 2012)--The Belton ISD Board of Trustees approved a plan Monday that will give all Belton High students iPads, which will be distributed in the fall.
The one-to one-initiative has been implemented at other local schools, particularly South Belton Middle School, and has proven successful at giving students increased access to technology learning tools, a BISD spokesperson said.
Funding for the tech purchase will come from the state and is typically used for instructional materials such as textbooks.
The funds have since been authorized for technology hardware and software.
"Technology remains a tool, but it is a powerful tool to change students from passive learners to active learners, and teachers from presenters to facilitators of learning," Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Ed Braeuer said.
Belton High School teachers received iPads in the spring and professional development is planned this summer to assist them in developing lessons using the devices, spokesperson Judy Owens said.
Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon pointed out that the campus is ready to handle the bandwidth required for the project.
Kincannon said that the high school will host a series of informational meetings for parents prior to distribution of the iPads.