The Great Valley School District held two summer technology camps that introduced fifth and ninth grade students to the iPad. Funded by The Foundation at Great Valley, the camps support the District’s one-to-one technology effort. The 95 student participants who attended the free camps got an advanced look at the technology they are using in classrooms this year.
Students initially learned iPad basics with settings and functions. They also learned productivity apps within Office 365, such as OneDrive, email, Word and OneNote. Students learned basic troubleshooting like how to reboot, close apps, or reconnect to wifi. Over the course of the camp, each student completed a stop-motion movie using the iPad and produced a one-minute movie preview about the camp to advertise for next year. In addition, ninth grade used iMovie to produce “how-to” videos for their peers.
“The technology camps were a great opportunity to give students a look at the iPad,” said Director of Instructional Technology Jason Rasmussen. “While students certainly came to the camp with various levels of experience with the technology, I think everyone learned something new.”
All students in fifth and ninth grade received an iPad from the District in August that they will use throughout the school year. The District’s effort to implement one-to-one technology in its schools is now in its second year. To date, nearly 1,400 students in grades five, six, nine, and 10 have been provided with an iPad to support instruction. The implementation is a five-year plan, with the goal of providing devices to all students by the 2020-21 school year. More information about the one-to-one initiative is available on the District’s website at www.gvsd.org/onetoone.