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iPads for Cape High School Students

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LEWES, Del. - At the Cape Henlopen High School, a new program will mean brand new iPads for hundreds of students. The program called the iCape Initiative will issue an iPad to every high school student. It will also finance some interactive Apple TV's for the classrooms. 

In the end, the new technology will cost approximately $750,000, according to Mike Kelley, the director of curriculum and instruction. Kelley said the funding comes from both a local Technology Match Tax, which collects approximately $350,000 annually, as well as a state technology block grant of $100,000 annually. 

From these two sources, the school also has built up a "technology reserve" of $2.5 million, Kelley said. He said the money would be well-spent on technology like these iPads. 

"The goal is to make the learning environment mirror the real world the students are living in outside of school," Kelley said. "They're connected when they're outside of school. When they're walking to the car in the parking lot, they're connecting on their cell phones. They're connecting at their homes. So we want to bring that connectivity into the classrooms."

Students will be able to bring the iPads home with them, and they will even be able to download apps on the devices. However Kelley said that they will not be a distraction, saying that the devices will be monitored carefully. 

"We do have controls," he said. "We've got a mobile device management system that's really going to control all the iPads. Yeah, it's going to be a personal iPad for all the students but really we're maintaining control of it." 

The school is aiming to have the iPads ready by September 22. Teachers will use a variety of educational apps, including one social media application called "Schoology," which Kelley said was similar to Blackboard or Facebook. 

On Monday, teachers crowded into classrooms and the library of the high school to get a lesson on some of the new programs. One of those teachers was Lindsay Williamson, who said the new iPads would be valuable. 

"If our job is to prepare them for college," she said. "Which is the focus of our high school - that all students are to go on to some higher education or more education - then giving them the technology they need to be successful at the next level is also our job."

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