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Park Rapids iPad initiative going well

By Anna Erickson

As the school year reaches an end, Park Rapids Area High School administration is looking at possibly allowing students to check out their iPads for the summer if they take full responsibility.

Students have been very responsible so far with their iPads, High School Principal Jeff Johnson said.

District wide, there have been only about 14 or 15 repairs out of about 1,000 iPads, he said.

“The repairs could be anything from a stuck power button or power cord connection,” Johnson said.

Students now pay for an insurance plan that covers their iPads during the school year. If they took them for the summer, Johnson is looking at them to sign an agreement that they take full responsibility. If something happened to the iPad they would have to replace it, he said.

“I think it’s gone very well so far,” Johnson said of students taking care of the technology.

He liked the possibility of students keeping up-to-date on what’s happening at the school during the summer months.

There’s a possibility every 9th to 11th grader could have these and be contacted before school begins in the fall, he said.

If students don’t choose to take their iPad home during the summer, they will get to keep the same iPad when they return to school in the fall, Johnson added. Each student’s iPad is also tied to their Apple ID so their work is stored in “the cloud” in case something happened to their iPad.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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