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Updated: CH-UH Hosting iPad Community Forum

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District invites parents, residents and school and city officials to discuss ways students can safely use iPads after school again.

Updated at 11:46 a.m. Tuesday

In response to more than a dozen thefts of school-issued iPads, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District decided in October to collect them from middle school students and not allow them to take them home. 

“As long as they are being preyed upon, our students will no longer take the iPads off school property,” Superintendent Doug Heuer said at a press conference about the thefts. “The students will use them during the school day and then secure them in assigned charging stations at the end of the day.”

But the school district would like the students at Monticello, Roxboro and Wiley to be able to safely take their iPads home with them again, "since the iPads are a critical component of school curriculum," according to a news release about the event. So they're asking parents, residents, city and school officials for their input and ideas.

The district will host a community forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at Monticello Middle School.

Cleveland Heights Mayor Ed Kelley, Police Chief Jeffrey Robertson, University Heights Police Chief Steven Hammett, South Euclid council member Jane Goodman and South Euclid Police Chief Kevin Nietert are among city officials invited to attend and who have confirmed. 

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iPad Thefts Prompt CH-UH Schools to Collect Them from Students

More Than A Dozen CH-UH School-Issued iPad Thefts Reported

Garry Kanter November 12, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Compare and Contrast: How the CH-UH BOE engages the community on facilities, levies, even iPads vs How the CH city council does *not* engage the community in any way, shape or form Discuss!
michaelschwartz November 12, 2012 at 07:51 PM
You are only right in a literal sense. The blather coming from the $100,000 plus PR flak from the schools pretty sum up the state they are in and why they are ranked in the bottom 5% in the whole state according to Patch: "SINCE THE IPADS ARE A CRITICAL COMPONENT OF SCHOOL CURRICULUM', pretty much speaks for itself. Why have curriculum like other school districts focusing on the 3 "r" s when you can give a kid an Ipad to play Angry Birds all day long? Only in the CHUH district would such nonsense be tolerated and why no meaningful change for the better will take place until a seismic shift in thinking takes place and the leadership in the BOE and Administration is replaced..
Garry Kanter November 12, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I made a factual statement. You may speculate on the motives of the council and/or boe to your heart's content. The boe does outreach. The city council does not. And there's no justification for that.
Michael's Shorts November 12, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Some facts: -Angry Birds isn't accessible from these iPads, nor is any non-educational website or app. -Numerous districts use one-to-one technology programs to enhance learning, such as neighboring Beachwood. -The district places interactive textbooks on the iPads (which saves money), so in that regard they are indeed a "critical component" of curriculum.
michaelschwartz November 12, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Some facts: Beachwood should not be mentioned in conjunction with the CHUH system as it is so superior its like comparing apples and oranges. You sound an awful lot like the pr flack for the schools. If you are not , you are simply deluded.
michaelschwartz November 12, 2012 at 09:47 PM
As an fyi, UH resident, Peer group school districts for the CHUH system are East Cleveland, Cleveland, Maple Heights, Warrensville Hts, Euclid, etc, in other words the dregs of NE Ohio.
Michael's Shorts November 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM
I only mention Beachwood because it is a school district that most would consider to be excellent. They find value in utilizing one-to-one technology, as do many other good districts across Ohio and the country.
Michael's Shorts November 16, 2012 at 12:19 PM
As an FYI, "michaelschwartz," the peer groups are determined by the demographic data of the students attending the schools, nothing more and nothing less.
michaelschwartz November 16, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Go ahead UH Resident and continue to wish and believe the CHUH school district is on a peer level with Beachwood rather than East Cleveland. But it is a misrepresentation and people with half a brain will see right though it. Maybe your imagination is working overitme due to too much Ipad learning!
Michael's Shorts November 16, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Oh, no, never was I implying that CHUH was a peer district with Beachwood. These are two separate lines of discussion, the first being that CHUH's peer group status is determined by the demographics of the students and nothing else. The second is that if you think that Beachwood is an excellent district, then that shows that even excellent districts see value in giving their students technological devices to take and use at home.
SPH November 19, 2012 at 07:18 PM
FYI - so you know the kids CAN download apps if they are willing to use a parent's credit card and purchase them. It is suggested that they don't allow that but I am sure that there are some parents who would allow it. Also at any point these kids could while at home be on any web based site so do not assume that the only things the kids are doing with these iPads is learning. Because it is not. It is one gigantic toy to them. It is merely an excuse for the district not to spend any money on books. I have never nor will ever like this system for "educating" our kids. They have not been taught proper study habits to best utilize these devices so why give them to the kids now.
michaelschwartz November 19, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Thanks for telling it like it is unlike UH resident who consistently misrepresents the school system as being better than it is by trying to make a connection with the Beachwood schools as a peer school while in reality the Heights schools are ranked in the bottom 5% in whole state according to Patch. Gee, I wonder if there is any correlation between the admin. trying to substitute I pads for books and their bottom 5% ranking?
Michael's Shorts November 21, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Michael, you continue to misrepresent the point I am making. This indicates that you need to improve your reading comprehension skills, or that you're being intentionally dishonest. Either way, the level of discourse here aims a bit higher than what I suspect you're used to on other message boards. Step up your game or back to the minors. One last time: Never once did I say that CH-UH and Beachwood are "peer districts." I am merely pointing out that good districts also have switched over to extensive technology use, disproving your argument that it cannot be done effectively or that it does not make sense. You can, however, argue that the program should be implemented more effectively, and on that point I will definitely agree. But to agree that technology has no place in the educational process is a bit of an antiquated belief.

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