MADISON (WKOW) - I-Pads are coming to the Madison School District. The district hopes to have 1,500 i-Pads in schools by the start of the next school year.
Madison schools will bring i-Pads into the district in two phases. About 700 i-Pads will be available in the first phase and 800 in the second phase.
The district took a look at Chicago public schools as a model. They were impressed with how the technology was used.
Students will be able to use I-Pads in a small group, individually or teachers can use them to demonstrate a lesson plan.
Frank Allis Elementary School principal Julie Frentz said they have one i-Pad for use in their elementary school. They use it in a small group for math and reading lessons. She said she is ready for more technology for students.
"Our kids are really engaged when they come in and in about 5th or 6th grade they are pretty disengaged. I see the i-Pad as a way to keep kids more engaged," Frentz said.
Frentz said about 70 percent of her students qualify for free or reduced lunches. She said a lot of students at the school don't have access to i-Pads at home. This technology will be very beneficial for them especially when they go into middle school and high school.
Frank Allis Elementary school hopes to have 20 to 100 i-Pads from the district for the start of this coming school year.
The school district has not finalized the cost for the i-Pads.