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Monday, October 11, 2010

Virginia Department of Education iPad pilot

A recent article from eSchool News discusses the iPad pilot that the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is conducting. The VDOE is working with Pearson to implement the program for fourth, seventh, and ninth grade students in social studies classes. Additional content, software, and platforms are being provided by Five Ponds Press, Victory Productions, Adobe, and MashOn. In addition, AP biology students participating in VDOE’s online learning program will use an interactive textbook created by Inkling in cooperation with McGraw-Hill.

The iPad pilot is part of VDOE’s larger "Beyond Textbook" initiative which aims to “explore the potential of wireless technology and digital textbooks to enhance teaching and learning.”

Patricia Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction, commented on the initiative, “The experiences of students and teachers will be evaluated, and the knowledge gained will help policy makers, educators, and our private-sector partners better understand the potential instructional uses of interactive digital media and wireless technology. We will learn what works in the classroom and build on that as our schools move beyond traditional textbooks.”

The iPad pilot program will kick off on November 1 and will run for 12 weeks. Additional information can be found in the press release.


Anonymous said...

Which schools are participating, please?

Dr. Mark R. Nelson said...

You would probably need to contact someone at the VDOE. It looks like the person to contact would be: Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright as she announced the Beyond Textbooks initiative during a news conference at Rich Acres Elementary School in Virginia’s Henry County.

Anonymous said...

How does this program comply with DOEd and DOJ ADA accessibility issues?

Kindles bad, IPad good?

Or another case of gov trying to pick winners and losers?