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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • Sleepy Eye Public School Board discusses iPad use

  • The phasing out of textbooks and other traditional teaching methods at Sleepy Eye Public School became closer to a reality this week as sophomores were given iPads for school use.
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  • The phasing out of textbooks and other traditional teaching methods at Sleepy Eye Public School became closer to a reality this week as sophomores were given iPads for school use.
    The District 84 Board of Education approved the integration of iPads into the classroom in May. This year, all sophomores were given iPads which will be used for reading, homework assignments, quizzes, and other various ways. On Aug. 13, iPad coordinator Troy Vangness presented to the board some of the applications the students will use on the devices, such as interactive images and a program where you can read through an article and click on any word to see its definition.
    “Our hope is to make this something beyond what a normal textbook is,” Vangness said. “We can put in so many more things than a textbook can hold. And it’s the things that students always crave, which are graphics, video, and interactivity.”
    As far as security, the iPads will be monitored by the tech department, and applications such as Facebook, Twitter, games, and other applications will be locked and students will not be able to use them. For protection, Vangness said the iPads are covered through insurance from anything from drops and spills to natural disasters. Parents of the students are required to pay a yearly security deposit for the iPads as well.
    Elementary Teacher Samantha Schmidt also presented to the board some ways she is going use the iPads in her classroom. Next year, sophomores and juniors will be using iPads and eventually the whole school.
    Besides the iPad discussion, the board approved its financial transactions and reports, and unanimously voted against a leave of absence request for Cheyenne Lax for the 2014-15 school year.
    Action items approved include:
    • Resignation of Deb Kruse as Elementary Special Education paraprofessional;
    • Misty Ladd as a special education paraprofessional, Kathryn Serra as the 5/6 elementary teacher, Casie Schewe as the kindergarten long-term substitute teacher;
    • Speech teacher joint agreement with Sibley East for the 2014-15 school year;
    • Approve school district’s Strategic/World Best Workforce Plan for the 2014-15 school year;
    • Accept the following donations: $500 from New Ulm Telecom, $30 in memory of Sheila Wurtzberger’s dad from the school board, and $233.34 from the Music in the Park donation from SouthPoint Federal Credit Union;
    • Adjusted single milk price at $.40;
    • Brian Bauleke as the head track coach for the 2014-15 school year, Amy Altman as the varsity assistant tennis coach for the 2014-15 school year;
    • Adopt resolution calling for general election on Nov. 4, 2014.
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