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Students and parents will sign user agreements for the tablets, which the district is still finalizing. (The final version will be available on the district’s website for parents to view before they sign.)

One of the stipulations will be that if the device is lost or damaged beyond what is covered by warranty, parents will be responsible. To help cover that potential cost, the district will offer iPad insurance, which parents can purchase for about $61 for the school year. The insurance covers any type of damage, as well as the cost of a new iPad if it is stolen.

“Just like a textbook or calculator that’s lost, yes, it would be incumbent on the family for the full cost of replacement,” Pellettieri said. “[Students] are pretty good with their iPhones and the iPads they have at home, so we’re pretty sure they’re going to do the same here.”

If parents opt not to sign the user agreement, their children will take iPads at the start of the day from a cart near the entrance of the building, and put them back at the end of the day. This way, they will still be able to participate in iPad lessons in the classroom.

“There is technology in almost everything we do these days,” Pellettieri said. “In my mind, we’ve got to be past this. These are 21st century kids we’re churning out. These kids have [technology] everywhere, except school. We can’t continue that way.”


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I don't think the first sentence of the article is accurate regarding the distribution of iPads.

"By the middle of November, the Rockville Centre School District will have iPads in the hands of all of its middle school students."

I have a letter from the school district signed by Dr. Johnson which states:

"The sixth grade distribution will take place on January 21st ...".

Thursday, October 31, 2013 | Report this

I dont think that giving middle school kids ipds is a great idea. It seems to be a waste of money and time. Cant the district find a better way to spend their money. Like maybe on useful stuff that the school ACTUALLY NEEDS !

Friday, November 1, 2013 | Report this

We pat ourselves on the back that we're putting technology in classrooms, without giving careful thought to the educational value it'll have. I seriously doubt they will have any substantial effect on the educational process. It'll be cool...but that's about it. What a waste of money!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 | Report this
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