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As pioneers of Westminster’s iPad program, we know that our 10th grade class is full of iPad experts. So why is the iPad no longer required for 10th grade students? That’s a great question, and one we apologize for not addressing sooner. It’s important that you know the iPad is encouraged in the 10th grade. It is just no longer the only utilized device.
At Westminster, we believe student learning is enhanced when we harness the best tools at our disposal. Because the internet is one of these tools and there are multiple devices that access it, we have chosen the iPad as the common means to do this in grades 7-9. As students move on to the upper grades, we will give families the freedom to choose devices that will allow their students to interact with the requirements of the classrooms they are in, while also not being tied to any one single piece of hardware.
Moving forward, our teachers will continue to work within some primary applications such as Showbie and Google Classroom. Our teachers will continue to learn how to better harness the power of the devices that students bring into the classroom. They will also operate from the standpoint of “digital first, paper second,” while understanding that neither are mutually exclusive. The right tool at the right time is the mindset we are after. So sophomores, please bring the right tool for you.