American Studies iPad Pilot
FBE UNDERWRITES PILOT INNOVATION PROJECT
The Foundation for Belmont Education (FBE) and the Belmont Public Schools (BPS)
are excited to announce that the FBE will provide funding for a pilot project exploring
how the use of iPads might improve overall instruction at Belmont High School (BHS)
and ultimately across the district.
Students in four American Studies classes at BHS will use department-issued iPads
for accessing content and assessing independent learning. Students will use iPads
at home to read and annotate digital textbooks, access primary sources, capture
research about various topics, participate in online discussions, and prepare multimedia
This pilot program will assess how portable technology like iPads might improve
the quality of instruction and more effectively engage students. The pilot will
also explore the potential economic benefits of relying on electronic media rather
than conventional high-cost textbooks.
The American Studies project is one of several possible initiatives that the FBE
and BPS are exploring with the goal of improving overall teaching models throughout
the system. The Foundation’s volunteer board will assist district leaders in evaluating
promising pilots. They will focus on the extent to which integration of twenty-first
century technology helps students improve their learning.
The FBE just completed its successful T3 campaign, which raised funds to provide
more than 100 classroom Smart Boards, establishing the infrastructure of technology
in the classrooms. This next investment in innovation pilots promises continued
support not merely for applying technology to classrooms, but also for the training
and practice necessary to use the technology wisely.
Superintendent Kingston noted: "The Belmont teachers and students are so fortunate
to have the partnership of the Foundation and its encouragement to imagine what
innovative teaching in the 21st century might look like. The iPad project will let
us test some assumptions, try some new practices, and explore how we can improve
use of technology in economical ways."
FBE President Jamie Shea agreed: "The FBE is really excited about its new BPS partnership.
We are very interested to see how iPad usage can increase student achievement and