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Pinellas: new schools will have iPads on time



There were concerns last week, at a training for teachers at Pinellas's new technology schools, that the iPads students will learn on would not arrive by the start of the school year.

Kings Highway Elementary in Clearwater and Gulf Beaches Elementary in St. Pete Beach plan to utilize the iPads daily to teach students, who are expected to each receive a device.

Although the teachers' iPads were ready to go at the training session, the students' equipment hadn't been ordered yet, said Cody Piland, a project coordinator for the district. (As of this week, though, she's the media/curriculum specialist at Gulf Beaches.)

But Pinellas says there's no reason to worry. Through a spokeswoman, in an email, Associate Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Pam Moore said the iPads will arrive by the start of school in August.

"The order for the student iPads is all put together and is waiting for the monies to be placed in the cost centers as of July 1, and will be in schools in plenty of time for the students," Moore said.

She said it only took two weeks for the iPads for the teachers to arrive, once the order was placed. Of course, the order for students will be much more sizeable.

[Last modified: Monday, June 30, 2014 3:36pm]


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