Highlands and Westwood View, which feed to SM East, are among the 10 elementary schools whose students will receive an iPad next year when school starts. From the SM North attendance area, Santa Fe Trail and Crestview students will be part of the technology launch.
The Shawnee Mission School Board approved a major technology initiative in January that will eventually assign a MacBook Air or an iPad to every student in the district. The rollout to students begins when school resumes next August. Teachers will be going through their first comprehensive Apple training next month.
Each high school student will receive a MacBook Air and each middle school student will receive an iPad at the start of the 2013-14 school year. Eventually, each elementary student in the district will be assigned an iPad. However, only 10 elementary schools will be part of the rollout in August. The remaining 23 schools are scheduled to receive the technology the following school year.
The delay for the other schools was designed to reduce the size and complexity of the project in the first year to make it more manageable. Students in grades three through six will be allowed to take their iPads home and those in kindergarten through second will keep them at school.
Two elementary schools inside each of the five feeder areas were selected for the first year inclusion. The Shawnee Mission School District posted the names of the 10 schools on its site. The other 23 schools will receive iPad carts so the students have access to the technology until they receive the individual iPads.
The other six schools that will be part of the August rollout are Broken Arrow, Brookwood, Comanche, Pawnee, Ray Marsh and Trailwood.