Rancho Santa Fe School District to hold tech retreat

By Karen Billing

The Rancho Santa Fe School District is looking at ways to integrate technology into its curriculum, possibly with the implementation of mobile learning devices such as iPads or tablets for students.

To discuss the issue at length, the board of trustees will hold a technology retreat on April 25 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The public is allowed to attend and hear the update from Director of Technology Ben Holbert and Assistant Superintendent Cindy Schaub.

In December, the district sent out a parent survey asking their opinions on technology, like iPads, iPod touch, E-readers or other tablets. The survey asked parents about their greatest concerns regarding these kinds of devices (educational value, loss/damage, internet safety, cost) and what they think would be the biggest benefit of them (access to digital learning, more creative, more engaged, collaborate and share with peers or real world experience).

The survey asked at what age parents felt their child would be responsible enough to transport a mobile learning device and whether they would prefer to bring students their own devices or have the district provide them.

At the board’s April 4 meeting, trustee Marti Ritto asked whether improving the school’s website could be part of the technology retreat discussion.

In addition to wanting the website to be more user friendly, Ritto said there was more that could be offered online.

“We’re not showcasing the wonderful campus we built and the programs we have,” Ritto said.