Eanes ISD is known for being on the forefront of innovation both inside and outside of the classroom. For Eanes ISD, personalized learning and increased access to technology has been a priority for several years.
For the 2012-13 school year iPads were distributed to grades 8-12, as well as across two grade levels at each elementary school. In addition, mobile iPad carts were made available to grades that did not receive individual iPads. The phase-in plan was to provide iPads for the rest of the students for the 2013-14 school year.
Teachers from the elementary and secondary levels showed overwhelming support of the LEAP initiative at the December 11, 2012 Board Study Session. They gave Trustees a glimpse of how iPads have transformed their classrooms into interactive, exciting and engaging places and described how the iPads not only improve learning for the at-risk students, but also challenge the gifted students to a higher level of thinking. Principals described how even seasoned, skeptical teachers have embraced the initiative fully and are some of the biggest proponents of incorporating technology into instruction.
After this enthusiastic study session full of videos, stories and principal and teacher testimonials, the School Board approved the expansion of the LEAP initiative to include all grades K-7 on December 19, 2012. The principals requested that the timeline be accelerated so that all students receive iPads during the second semester of the 2012-13 school year.
Not only are students more engaged when they are collaborating on the tablet computers, but they have a vast amount of apps that can be personalized to instruction. It is also an opportunity for teachers to show students how to use technology responsibly and teach them Internet etiquette.
LEAP was a phase-in plan. Below shows how the iPads were phased-in:
|When||What||# iPads |
|Fall 2010||Small Pilot||6 iPads|
|Spring 2011||Teacher Leaders & Special Education||70 iPads|
|Fall 2011||WIFI Pilot at Westlake High School (All Juniors and Seniors)||1800 iPads|
|Spring 2012||All K-12 Staff Added||2400 iPads|
|Fall 2012||All WHS & 8th Grade Students||3900 iPads|
|Fall 2012 Continued||1:1 Elementary Grade Levels (2 grade levels per school) & Shared||5400 iPads|
|Spring 2013||1:1 ALL Students & Staff||8400 iPads|