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Rock Hill Schools’ iRock program targets students, but parents will learn too

Posted By Andrew Kiel On May 23, 2013 @ 11:55 PM In State & Local News | Comments Disabled

Ready or not– iPads and one-to-one computing technology are on the way to your child’s classroom.

And it’s likely happening faster than you think.

Rock Hill School District Three approved a plan this spring to issued iPads to 8,100 fourth through eighth grade students.

Thursday night, district staff met with parents to explain the program and dispel any myths – leaving parents like Cassandra Hinton, whose daughter attends York Prep, considering putting her rising fifth-grader in the Rock Hill School District

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Thursday night’s meeting drew a crowd of 50 at First Calvary Baptist Church.

District leaders say they’re prepared for the influx of questions that will come after the futuristic device starts appearing in your child’s book bag. Parents like John Davis of Rock Hill say the learning curve will be tough for some adults – but it’s worth it for the kids.

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Rock Hill Schools’ technology plan, dubbed iRock, calls for putting an iPad in the hand of every student.

District issued iPads will come with a $65 per device insurance fee. Families struggling to pay for the insurance plan can apply for a financial assistance program, but Harden says it’s worth every penny.

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Over the summer and into the fall, schools will hold iPad parent workshops of their own, showing parents how the devices are used, how to care for them, and how to manage your child’s digital learning time at home.

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