Parents and students with the Atlantic Community School District are set to receive instructions this week on the District’s new, 1-to-1 laptop computer initiative. Atlantic High School Technology Coordinator Roger Warne says August 6th and 8th are their “roll-out nights.” Parents and students should check their emails and student handbook for information that will be presented those evenings, as hard copies will not be available during the sessions.
Warne says registration on both nights’ starts at 6:30 p.m. at the high school. Students whose last names start with A-through-L with get their information on August 6th. The rest will receive theirs on August 8th. Attendance at one of the two sessions is mandatory. The district has prepared 450 laptop computers that will provide a dual Operating System platform, meaning they can run both Windows and Apple Macintosh programs.
Students will be receiving 11-inch, light weight, MacBook Air, full-power computers. No lap tops will be allowed to leave the school those nights unless parents have signed a form indicating they assume responsibility along with their student(S) for the device’ security and any damage that may occur. Warne says parents are probably more excited to see their students receive the lap tops, because the kids are already familiar with them, but the district couldn’t make them available to all students, and that created some disparages with how they could be used.
He said teachers would have to go to a lab or roll a cart into a room, but there was no guarantee the devices would be available on a day-to-day basis. Now they can structure their programs with the device in mind, making it the most efficient way to deliver the technology.)
Warne says getting the computers into the hands of all students in the District is important, because that’s the way education is going. He says eventually there won’t be any text books, and tests and worksheets will be handled online. That allows for instant grading and feedback.
Warne says 65-percent of the schools in the State of Iowa have some type of a similar 1:1 initiative for their students. A school in Omaha was the first in the region to roll out the initiative almost 10-years ago. Other districts have followed suit as cost allowed. More information is available at www.atlanticiaschools.org.