Digital Learning Initiative
Hibbing Public Schools began it's Digital Learning Initiative as part of the Indoor Air Quality renovations at the High School. The Indoor Air Quality projects in the district required major structural changes to each classroom in order to accommodate new air flow infrastructure.
Since classroom size and layouts were changing, the district decided to ask itself what the classroom of the future would look like. We knew that technology would play a larger and larger role over time.
We started to install additional technology infrastructure in each classroom while the Indoor Air Quality renovations were taking place.
Initially this included projectors, interactive whiteboards, audio enhancement systems, and equipment cabling. Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, the district began assigning iPads to students in grades three through six. For the 2014-2015 school year, students in grades seven and eight were assigned iPads and students in grades K through 2 used shared iPads in each classroom and a cart in each building. In 2015-2016, the iPad coverage was expanded to include grades nine through twelve. In 2016-2017, we will expand the iPad coverage to kindergarten through second grade, giving us complete 1:1 coverage district wide.