Tablets for students at Wakonda Elementary is latest step in turnaround plan

 

New tablets will soon be in the hands of students at Wakonda Elementary, part of the turnaround schools plan to incorporate more technology in the classroom.

The Omaha Public Schools board signed off last month on a nearly $97,000 purchase of Microsoft Surface Pro 3 devices, which should be delivered to the north Omaha school this month.

 

 

Eventually all students in grades 3, 4 and 5 will get their own devices, making Wakonda one of the few OPS schools to test out a one-to-one technology initiative.

Wilson Focus School provides devices for each student, as does the Focus program at Lewis and Clark Middle, though those schools use iPads or MacBooks.

 

Media and technology are pretty much center in everyones lives today, and we want to make sure our students are prepared for that environment, said Rob Dickson, the OPS executive director for information management services.

 

 

The 108 Surface tablets and accompanying covers and warranties are funded through a $1.6 million federal school improvement grant awarded to Wakonda last summer to jump-start improvements at one of Nebraskas lowest-performing schools. With the grant, OPS opted to implement a turnaround plan at the school, hiring a new principal, replacing much of the teaching staff and lengthening the school day.

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