This school year, every fourth- through eighth-grader at an Indiana elementary school has been issued an iPad. Officials say the one-to-one initiative was launched following the success of two mobile carts of iPads. "It opens up this whole, huge opportunity that you can have them do in the classroom without making reservation times at the computer lab to research things," fifth-grade teacher Amanda Pullmann said. "We have encyclopedias at their fingertips now, and that's huge."
Some teachers and therapists with Greater Lafayette Area Special Services in Indiana have launched an online fundraising site to help solicit funds for expensive assistive communication devices. The effort was started after a student using an $8,000 device to communicate with peers and teachers had to switch to an iPad because of the prohibitive cost of the device.
Third-grade students at an Indiana elementary school took on the persona of American icons of their choosing, culminating a six-week project in which students studied and prepared presentations about their chosen icons' lives. Students also used costumes to portray their icons, creating a type of "wax museum" in the school cafeteria. "Our standards that we teach with nowadays are a lot more rigorous and big projects such as these are a good way for me to kind of incorporate a variety of standards in one event," said third-grade teacher Lori Farmer.
University of Southern Indiana and its affiliated hospitals have adopted a new model for training nurses that puts students in touch more often with unit nurses. The Dedicated Education Unit model sends students to a specific hospital unit for their clinical work, where trained nurses called clinical instructors work with them.
Indiana Sen. Ron Grooms, a Republican, is pressing a bill aimed at practices that prescribe large amounts of opioids such as oxycodone. The bill creates new certification requirements for pain management clinics and addresses who can own them and what can be prescribed.