At the start of the 2015-2016 school year, Creighton Prep will begin a 1:1 technology initiative. This decision was reached after engaging in extensive research and evaluation. Prep’s Ignatian Learning Community Technology Integration Group supports the integration of iPads after surveying students, parents, and faculty members and traveling to schools engaged in the 1:1 initiative. Additionally, input from teachers and students involved in the Advanced Placement English Language course pilot program last year has proven to be invaluable.
Creighton Prep must prepare students for the world they will inhabit, where computer literacy is not optional. As educators the responsibility is ours to help our students learn to use technology effectively and ethically. This technology literacy is best learned when students are engaged in authentic learning and assessments on a device they can access anytime and anywhere.
Perhaps the strongest point that has been illuminated from our study of 1:1 iPads is the opportunity to level the playing field for our students. Our students come from vastly different economic backgrounds and technology is required of our students on a regular basis. What we do not know is what their access is when they leave school. While most have computers at home, some go home to a state-of –the art device that is theirs alone to use, while others share one computer with a number of family members and must negotiate their time to complete assignments. Using iPads will provide all students with a common baseline, which we view as a justice issue for our Prep families.
The administration has built a “Frequently Asked Questions” web site which can be accessed through our home page.
Go to http://creightonprep.creighton.edu/ipad to learn more.
John C. Naatz