Sometimes being a small school has its benefits.

Northeast Dubois School Corporation will lead the way next school year in beginning a 1 to 1 technology initiative to put Apple iPads into the hands of all students.

Superintendent Bill Hochgesang says the 3 year plan will start with iPads for all students in grades 7-12 next school year.The corporation is in the process of buying 450 iPads at $379 each.

He says the iPad is the most powerful, affordable, and current device to provide to students…

Hochgesang says technology has and will continue to be a powerful educational tool. And he says the idea for a computer in the hands of every student came largely from students.

Hochgesang says student’s feedback showed that all students need and use technology constantly. For many students, their phone has become their most powerful computer.

He says students wanted a technology tool they could use to access the wide range of educational resources available.

Hochgesang says the students will likely keep the same iPad throughout their years at NE Dubois.

School officials hope to eventually phase out use of traditional textbooks. He says they will eliminate the cost of textbook rental and defer that cost to renting the iPad. Hochgesang says student’s will pay a rental fee of 25% of the cost of the iPad.

Then by re-adopting current textbooks, they would begin the process of transitioning to electronic textbooks, without eliminating textbooks altogether.

Hard cover books will still be available for student use. Hochgesang says there will still be the need for supplemental fees in some classes. He believes the 1-1 technology initiative will better prepare students for success after high school.

Hochgesang says they plan to add the rest of the middle school during the 2014-15 school year and Dubois Elementary and Celestine Elementary in school year 2015-16.