BMS to add iPads

BELLEVILLE – Belleville Mennonite School students have an extra item on their back-to-school list this fall – an iPad.

Under the leadership of Robert Zook, the school’s technology director, iPads will be provided to students and teachers in kindergarten through grade 5, grade 9-12 and the learning support classroom. The tablet computers provide internet access, educational applications and other learning tools.

“We are committed to providing the very best computing and teaching devices that suit the needs of our students,” said Starla Fogleman, superintendent, in a press release provided on the school’s website. “This is the new standard that we will use to achieve the very best education for our students to be successful in tomorrow’s world.”

Devices will be provided for use at school as a way to provide collaborative, creative learning. Students also will be able to take the iPads home on the condition of a signed note accepting responsibility for their care.

In the press release, Zook said mobile devices can be used with curriculum from science, math and writing to health and the Bible.

“The opportunities are limitless,” he said.

Funding for the devices is predominately being provided by the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit.