BOONE, Iowa—The Boone School Board has received a possible proposal that will make a move to us new technology in the class room. Last month, the Board approved automatic devices for foreign language. Since then, discussion has revolved around integrating additional devices in other classes. District IT Director Bog Patterson had suggested changing the technology cycle from new purchases every three years to every four years. The move would free up funding to acquire devices that could be used in classrooms, like iPads. Superintendent Brad Manard told the Board that further investigation offered the district other alternatives which are being investigated. The idea would allow the District to provide electronic devices for curriculum purposes for freshmen and sophomores. Principal Ben Johnson said the upside will be the opportunity for students to BYOD, Bring Your Own Device. He said that may free up district provided devices to more students unable to bring their own.
Manard says the discussion has just begun among staff and the district’s technology committee. He told the School Board that they may have a recommendation later this year.