Sweetwater 7th Graders Get iPads

Initiative will cost $4 million per year

The Sweetwater Union High School District approved an initiative Wednesday that will provide its seventh graders with iPads.

The initiative will cost the district about $4 million per year. The district plans to fund the iPads in part through funding from Proposition O, which provides support for technology purchases, according to a press release from the district.

The remaining funding will be provided through Mello Roos funding, grant funding and lottery funds, the release stated.

“Technology allows learning to occur seven days a week, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year,” said Superintendent Dr. Edward Brand in a statement. “This gives students an opportunity that others have not enjoyed. This will be a game-changer for student learning.”

The iPads will be given to seventh graders beginning in July 2012. The devices will include access to electronic versions of text books and learning tools. 

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