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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Highlands Piloting Laptop Program - One to One

At the recent SBDM Council meeting there were a couple of interesting items that were discussed.  The first of which is a unique program for Fort Thomas to require a laptop for every student in all three early bird English classes for next year.

Highlights of the program include:
  • Students will pay $100 for rental for the entire school year and will possess the computers the entire year.
  • The fee will be partially offset by a reduction in materials that must be purchased by students.
  • Students will have the option to purchase at the conclusion of the year and the $100 will apply to the remaining balance if they choose to buy.
  • Both PC and MAC platforms will be studied.
  • Teachers will incorporate strategies to utilize technology throughout the course.

Among the complications of such a program include how to fund the fee for Free/reduced lunch students, student use agreements, and procedures for students not willing to participate which were discussed at length.  The district views this as a pilot for future expansion if the program is successful.

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