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SLES PTA Meeting. January 14, 2014. Agenda. January PTA Business Approval of November Meeting Minutes Budget Update Upcoming Events. Technology Discussion SLES Technology Needs Where other cluster schools stand Discussion. January PTA Business. Approval of November Meeting Minutes

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Sles pta meeting

SLES PTA Meeting

January 14, 2014


January PTA Business

  • Approval of November Meeting Minutes

  • Budget Update

  • Upcoming Events

Technology Discussion

  • SLES Technology Needs

  • Where other cluster schools stand

  • Discussion

January pta business
January PTA Business

  • Approval of November Meeting Minutes

  • Review Nov. 12- Jan.13 Budget Report

  • Upcoming events


Volunteer Needs

Sixth Grade Bingo Night

Spelling Bee

Science and Engineering Fair

Multicultural Night

Spring Fling

Trash to Treasure Art Night

Multicultural Night Chair

Teacher Appreciation Monthly Lunch Coordinator

Spring Fling Help

Arts Coordinator




Total cost of 30 iPads is $22,218

Main wish of teachers

77% of parents surveyed approved of purchase

Of those saying no, many wanted more details before agreeing to purchase

SLES is severely short of laptops and many that we have on hand are in poor condition


Where the cluster stands
Where the Cluster Stands

Carl Sandburg Middle School

Waynewood now has 120 iPads, 4 carts

Hollin Meadows has a few since they had 20 stolen last year

Fort Hunt has them for Special Needs Program

Belle View has a handful

No plans for iPads at this point

Focusing on bettering the student/laptop ratio

Beginning work on BYOD

Elementary Schools

Waynewood furthest along in cluster in ipad usage
Waynewood(furthest along in Cluster in iPad usage)

Here are the reasons Waynewood has invested heavily in iPads and some results WW has seen:

1. Ease of use2. Instant on not wait time for boot-up3. Less repairs and problems than computers4. Kids are very comfortable using them5. With little training teachers are very comfortable using them6. Allows kids to learn  in new ways7. Using technology that kids are already using8. Apps that target specific skills and standards9. Promotes a great deal of creativity and thinking 10. Research, create, and present on one device11. Allows for exciting learning projects not possible on computers such as QR Codes, Augmented Reality, and apps that do some amazing things12. Engaging:    - Kids with behaviors tend to have less behaviors    - Kids who are very talkative tend to become more engaged    - Addresses the needs of a variety of learners

How waynewood uses ipads
How Waynewood uses iPads

  • Popplet(like Kidspiration& Inspiration),  allows students to research a topic oniPad, gather info, organize it into a web & add pictures, then project & present to class.

  • Scavenger hunts - going around the school looking for shapes & then taking photo

  • Learning about other people and topics, such as bringing iPads to the science fair, taking notes and pictures of science presentations.  Then this is brought back to class to present to peers.

  • Accessing Blackboard and school websites.; center work

  • to encourage discussions and share info such as websites.

  • to gather data and create exit tickets.

  • Storytelling apps such as Toontastic or Puppetpals  to create stories which may include pictures, artwork, text and narration.  Also great for developing social skills

  • Whiteboard apps such as ScreenChomp and Showme to demonstrate and share skills and ideas with others.

  • QR Codes - links to videos, student writing or artwork, scavenger hunt, general information, answering questions, games

  • Google Apps - creating documents and presentations individually or as a team, sharing with other students and teachers, email, calendar/shared calendar

  • Access to MyOn or TumbleBooksfor reading

Money matters
Money Matters

  • Rock ‘n Run Funds

  • The PTA is currently working on writing grants for technologyand art initiatives

  • Asking for donations of equipment from businesses, families, etc