The spring of 2012, the Barnesville School Board approved the "MOVE 21" initiative for our school district. Roughly 900 iPads were ordered, and students and staff were at the beginning of a new adventure indeed. Teachers left here with an iPad and Macbook Pro in hand to learn and become familiar with during the summer, and the students left for the summer with anticipation of what next year might look like.
finally got the iPads in June, so we brought students in to help code,
case and count all of them. They worked diligently and professional,
and in two days we had them all complete. The process was quite
efficient: one student unpackaged each iPad and checked serial numbers
to make sure they all matched. Two of use put the iPads into our
Destiny Quest library system and put the bar codes on the iPad and an
index card that was to stay with the iPad until they were checked out.
Five or six students then put the iPads in cases. We bought the Griffin
case that was created by the military to withstand just about
anything. (This was BY FAR the best thing we did:)) After the cases
were on, they were piled in the back room until the distribution dates
The last week in July and the first two weeks in August
were the dates that we chose to distribute the iPads for our students in
Grades 4-12. EVERY student had to come in and go through about an hour
training session that covered the rules, policies and expectations of
iPads and their use. Students then were able to check out and take home
their iPads. Students in Grades K-3 had similar training, but the
iPads have remained in the classrooms. The idea is for Grade 2-3 to
bring their iPads home after conferences, and students in Grade K-1
around Thanksgiving. Our PTA is purchasing a neoprene sleeve in
addition the Griffin case for the students to carry them home in their
So far so good - as of today - we
have only had to replace 3 iPads; one didn't rotate, one the home button
was sticky, and the other one wouldn't charge. That's pretty good
considering the quantity that we ordered!
Here are some pictures I took of the workers that came it - WHAT AN AMAZING GROUP OF KIDS! This was KEY to our success and time management for distribution!