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Some other school technology initiatives

Some other school tech initiatives in the area include:


Willmar is boosting its wireless capabilities in its school buildings, particularly at the 1,200-student senior high. The district is implementing some iPads in classes, but will be moving cautiously toward a one-to-one initiative. The district is working to develop a strong wireless network and wants to make sure the iPads are used to improve the curriculum for students.


NLS has a Minnesota Intelligent Rural Community Grant which its used to develop its Connected Cla-ssroom, a cart holding 30 Apple iPad2s and an Apple MacBook Pro laptop for management. The school has adapters to connect the iPads to SMART Boards, projectors, TVs and computers. The iPads are registered in the district's library system and have been circulated 1,025 times so far. The district plans to develop a Community Education class so that people can use an iPad2 to see if it's something they would like to purchase.


YME is adding 130 more iPads and its entire PK-12 campus will be wireless for the start of the 2011-12 year. Also, the secondary science program will be online providing an up-to-date "real time" curriculum."


BBE is researching new technology and the idea of one-to-one student devices and may be moving in that direction in the near future.


Hancock has a number of technology initiatives in its district. They include multimedia laptops in the art department, college-level computer classes offered through Alexandria Technical College and other courses for college credit.


BOLD Schools are testing iPads. The district is also expanding its SMART Board deployment and working on expanding its wireless capabilities.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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