iPad Information for Families

This year, 6th grade students at Farnsworth, Horace Mann, and Urban will test digital curriculum materials, student collaboration tools, and personalized instruction in math, language arts and science, all with the goal of enhancing student learning. Information for students and parents is found below.

The world’s evolution to accessing information to digital form requires today’s student to have a different set of skills than what was required a decade ago. Future graduates must be equipped with the 21st century skills of problem solving, critical thinking, communication, and technological literacy. Students need to be able to quickly find, synthesize and communicate information and collaborate with colleagues--not just in their own office, but within a global community of colleagues and customers.

To ensure students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to responsibly navigate this emerging modern world, the Sheboygan Area School District is launching a 1:1 (student to computing device) digital conversion beginning at the middle school using the Apple iPad to create a seamless and dynamic educational experience for students.

The goals of the 1:1 digital conversion are:

  • Enhance and accelerate learning
  • Leverage technology for individualizing instruction
  • Promote collaboration, increasing student engagement
  • Strengthen the 21st century skills necessary for future student success. 

The technology also increases access to digital curriculum, in place of traditional print textbooks and classroom equipment such as graphing calculators. The opportunity to use 1:1 devices gives students access to anywhere, anytime learning – in classrooms, in schoolyards, at public libraries and at home.