2013 Technology for Learning Bond Update
"If we teach today's students as we did yesterday's, we are robbing them of tomorrow."
— John Dewey
In February 2013 voters in the Putnam City school district approved a $6 million bond proposal intended to enhance student learning by adding about 10,000 iPads to schools across the district over a period of years, eventually getting each school to a ratio of one iPad for every 1.9 students.
It was expected that it would take four to five years to acquire and set up iPads, train teachers and get 10,000 iPads into school buildings and in use by students. Instead, the project has gone much more quickly than expected.
Delivery of new iPads to classrooms began in August 2013. As of April 2014, more than 7,700 new iPads are in use in district classrooms. By May 2015, district officials expect all 10,000 new iPads to be in use.