Attention parents of students entering grades 6-12:
If you missed the meeting on Monday, May 22 at 7:30 PM in the the Harrison High School Activity Center's Wildcat Sports Arena to learn about the new 1:1 computing model that will be implemented next school year, please see the attachment below for the specifics.
At the meeting, important information was discussed with parents about the laptop devices that students in grades 6-12 will be issued in August, care and acceptable use of the devices for both school and home, and optional purchases available for those interested (computer backpack and stylus set).
Click this link for ordering and pick-up information: https://www.localevelevents.com/events/details/3177
Click this link to view the video of Mrs. Hayes' presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZLuSjHv5ao
In a major initiative, every student in the Southwest Local School District – about 3,900 students -- will be assigned a computer as the school year begins.
The program is called “1:1” because – for the first time -- there will be a 1-to-1 ratio of students to computers. Until now, they had to share computers.
“The potential impact on learning is huge,” said Assistant Superintendent Corinne Hayes, who oversees curriculum and instruction. “The computers will give students the opportunity to work at their own level and own pace while enhancing their creativity, collaboration and exploration.”
The district has leased 2,555 computers, which can be used as laptops or tablets. They will be provided to students in grades 5 through 12 to use in school and at home. The district’s existing inventory of Chromebook computers and similar devices will be distributed to students in kindergarten through fourth grade to use in school.
The program will cost the district about $200,000 annually. Families of students in grades 5 through 12 will be asked to pay $30 for insurance and a protective cover. A committee composed of administrators, parents, a school board member and others developed the program.
Other features of the program:
· State testing will now take only a few days, instead of six weeks, because devices no longer will have to be shared among classrooms.
· The computers will be programmed to provide student access to course content for their grade level.
· Teachers will be able to give students access to more online resources.