Justin launches 1-1 iPad program
Submitted photo Pictured left to right are some of Justin’s Sonoma students: freshman Jack Nugent, junior Monica Furne, junior Natalie Avellar, junior Paul Brown, sophomore Summer Atwood and sophomore Shane Lounibus.
Justin-Siena High School in Napa, which currently has more than 90 Sonoma students enrolled, just announced a 1:1 iPad program to be launched in August for the upcoming academic year.
Included in the cost of tuition, an iPad will be issued to each student at fall orientation in August. “Justin-Siena is well-poised and eager to embrace a tool of such immense capacity for learning and engaging with peers on campus and around the globe,” said President Robert Jordan in a prepared statement. “Proud to be among the first of Napa Valley schools to adopt such a program, Justin-Siena understands that an iPad, like any tool, is only a means to an end. We are delivering a relevant education to the students entrusted to our care, and research indicates that an iPad provides access to the power of mobile computing for engaging in the type of high-quality, data-intensive work that colleges and our global economy now expect,” said Jordan’s statement.
School officials said that the initiative has been well-researched by the administration over the past year and in collaboration with other Lasallian schools, offering vital networking and support. During the current academic year, several teachers have been piloting iPad use in their classrooms, while departments have been investigating ebooks.
A robust wireless network was added to the campus infrastructure last summer in anticipation of a 1:1 program so as to accommodate uninterrupted mobile computing across the school’s 40-acres. In addition there has been a strong commitment to professional development surrounding use of iPads in classrooms, and faculty training has been happening throughout the course of academic year.