Glenbard High School District 87 officials are working toward policy requiring all of the district's 8,500 students to have his or her own iPad in the near future. The district this year encouraging students to bring their own iPads to school to improve learning.
An instructional technology strategic plan adopted last year will require large segments of students to have the devices as part of their course materials next year. The district is determining which groups of students will be involved in the 2014-15 program.
District officials met with parents at all four high schools throughout September to garner feedback on the technology plan, among other initiatives. Parent feedback will be shared at tonight's District 87 Board meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. at Glenbard East High School, 1014 S. Main St., Lombard.
District 87 is not the only School District in Glen Ellyn embracing the devices. Since 2011, elementary districts District 41 and 89 also have put tablets into the hands of students.
District 41's three-year technology plan includes the purchase of iPads for students, combined with a bring-your-own option for students who already own them. Part of the motivation to provide more mobile devices is the fact that new state tests in 2014-2015 will be conducted online.