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Interested in topics trending at Saint Paul Public Schools? SPPS recently launched "Trending @SPPS," a web page where you can ask questions and suggest current topics to discuss. Beginning this school year, SPPS will feature questions and topics from "Trending @SPPS" in The Bridge. Ask questions and suggest topics at www.spps.org/trending.

What is Personalized Learning?

Every child has unique learning needs that SPPS believes can best be met through a more tailored form of instruction called Personalized Learning. There are many ways to personalize the learning experience for a student, such as varying the difficulty of a lesson based on a child’s ability; making a lesson more relevant to a child’s race, background or experience; or integrating technology to allow new approaches to problem-solving.

What does that have to do with iPads?

Taking advantage of all the wonderful tools that technology makes available is one way to personalize learning. Saint Paul Public Schools has chosen to more fully integrate technology using the Apple iPad. After piloting the iPad at several schools last year, Saint Paul Public Schools found it to be an “all-in-one” multimedia tool. This digital tool appeals to the widest range of learners to help students stay engaged and learn more.

When and how will students get iPads?

Students and teachers will begin using iPads in two phases over the next two years. Students at Year 1 schools will begin using iPads sometime between October 2014 and February 2015 (exact dates are still being determined). Students at Year 2 schools will begin using iPads during the 2015-16 school year. To see when your child’s school is scheduled, visit personalizedlearning.spps.org. Schools will host evening events for students and their families to introduce them to iPads. Along with iPads, families and students will receive a handbook that addresses student safety and cyberbullying, privacy, proper use outside of school, Internet filters, parental rights, and more.

Will students be able to take the iPads home?

In grades 6-12, students will have an iPad to use in school and at home. Grades 3 through 5 initially will use the iPads only at school, but the potential for home use is under consideration. For grades Pre-K through 2, the iPads will be used only during the school day.