Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

North Allegheny Parents Discuss Technology Initiative

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

North Allegheny Parents Discuss Technology Initiative

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Two parents gave conflicting views on North Allegheny's proposed one-to-one technology initiative at the school board's April 15 work session.

A 28-member advisory committee of parents, staff and school board members studied the technology available in the district and visited school systems that have one-to-one initiatives.

Last month, the committee recommended the district provide laptops to high school students and iPads to fifth-graders next year, followed by iPads for first- through fourth-graders the following year.

"What works for others does not necessarily work for us," said Himani Jain. "We surely want to be the district to emulate, but it seems that we are following" other school districts with one-to-one initiatives.

Mrs. Jain suggested that the district should introduce technology over a longer period of time in "small pilot programs."

She questioned how students in each grade would use technology daily, and what curriculum would be installed on the device. …

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