North Hills superintendent details plan to give iPads to students

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The North Hills School District is the latest to consider a one-to-one computer initiative for students.

Superintendent Patrick Mannarino detailed his plan for board members Thursday.

Mr. Mannarino’s proposal would put iPads in the hands of middle school students in the 2015-16 school year, high school students in the 2016-17 school year and elementary students after that. Teachers at each level would receive MacBooks and iPads the previous year.

Right now, the district has some iPads on carts in the schools. “Extremely powerful things happen when we put iPads in the hands of kids,” he said. “They are running down the hall with excitement. They cannot wait to get that device into that class.”

Another part of the Transforming Education Through Innovation report would convert the libraries at the middle and high schools into media centers; add a STEAM center in the basement of the middle school for science, technology, engineering, art and math; and add an entertainment technology program at the high school, which would include video game production.

Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer:

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