In 2008 the Cardinal Community School District made a commitment to our students and their futures by investing in over 400 Apple laptops for student and teacher use. Cardinal was the 3rd district in the State of Iowa to take this exciting step. Cardinal wishes not only to lead the State of Iowa in the integration of technology into our school system and the lives of our students, but we believed this step was further evidence of our continued commitment to the long term success of our students. We are confident the computers will provide a bridge between teaching and learning in the 21st Century.
Our computer purchase has helped to level the playing field for our students, as they all have access to the tools and information that a computer can provide.
We are proud of our current standing in the integration of technology, but we are also excited to think about future possibilities: paperless classrooms, virtual textbooks, the creation of information and not simply the digestion of it, and who knows what else? We do know that we are constantly improving our ability to embrace the technological advances that will come our way, and our students are better prepared because of it.
Cardinal Community Schools were one of the 1st districts in Iowa to adopt the 1:1 Initiative.
Over 400 total Laptop Computers were ordered.
The initial cost of the computer agreement with Apple was more than $600,000.
Students in grades 6-12 are assigned a computer for their own use (at or away from school---24 hours a day and 7 days a week).
The Kindergarten through fifth grade levels have mobile computer labs that travel from classroom to classroom.