In Minnetonka, we use technology as an accelerator of learning. All students in 5th through 12th grade are issued an iPad for educational use as part of a 1:1 iPad program. The program uses digital curriculum materials, student collaboration tools, and individualized instruction in all subject areas with the goal of enhancing student learning. Information for students and parents involved in the program may be found below.
Minnetonka schools have robust wireless networks to support the iPad program.
Students who are not involved in the iPad program may bring laptops, iPads, tablets or other personal computing devices to school for educational use.
iPad Program Background
The changing landscape of the world’s information to digital form will require today’s student to have a different set of skills than what was required just a decade ago. Future graduates must be equipped with not just the three R’s, but also with 21st-century skills of problem solving, critical thinking, communication, and technological literacy. Students will 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.
Minnetonka Public Schools want to ensure students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to responsibly navigate this emerging modern world. Therefore, since 2011, we have implemented a 1:1 (student to computing device) program using the Apple iPad to create a seamless and dynamic educational experience for students.
The goals of the 1:1 program 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. The opportunity to use 1:1 devices gives students access to anywhere, anytime learning.