Apple ID events at Bursch, Carver, Jefferson, and Kelly elementary schools helped mothers, fathers, and guardians create new email accounts, usernames and passwords, so that students can begin learning on their iPads.
For parent Alicia Amaya, technology is a must-have for all students, including her son who is enrolled in Special Needs classes at Jefferson Elementary.
"Technology is the future. I want my kids to learn so they be prepared for what lies ahead. It's especially important for my son, Robert, who is a Special Needs student. He should learn what everyone else is learning," she said. "As parents we must be supportive so our children can move ahead in life."
Instructor Britton Karl agrees. "Robert is a visual learner, so the iPad is an amazing learning tool."
Britton added that parent engagement opportunities like the Apple ID event go a long way towards creating a good foundation for student achievement.
"This helps build a rapport. Teachers and parents need to work as a team so that together we can give students our best," she said. "Now that many of our parents have set up Apple accounts, our students can start using the iPads for a whole range of exciting projects. For example, my class will be writing a screenplay for a movie to be filmed on the iPad."
Louis Springer, third grade teacher at Kelly Elementary, said he is excited to see how parents will play a big role in tech-based learning once students begin using their devices.
"We're really excited about kids having access to so many resources and modes of instruction available on the Internet," he said. "Of course, we also want parents involved in this because we want students to continue learning at home. If they know how to use this technology they can help their children learn after school or weekends using mobile apps or their home tablet."
Parent Sandra Hernandez looks forward to seeing her daughter become more tech-savvy as she begins learning on the iPad.
"Kids are the ones using the Internet the most and they like to learn things using technology, so I want to support my daughter and the school's efforts," she said. "By using devices like the iPad our kids will be more prepared for careers in the future."