For the first time in Lubbock ISD history, the district is providing students with hands on technology inside and outside of the classroom. Starting this year, 6th graders at Alderson Middle School will have laptop computers to take home. NewsChannel 11's Suleika Acosta shows us why LISD is launching this pilot program.
Alderson Middle School students now have technology at their fingertips. Starting this year, all 100 sixth graders will have their own laptop computers to take home. "We've learned that students excel with hands on activities. These laptops will provide them the opportunity as well as give them that edge of becoming more competent in a technology driven society," says Alderson Principal George Love.
Love tells us he's excited about this new initiative and depending on its success, it's a program they want to continue long term. "Really making the educational process that much more meaningful to our students," adds Love.
The plan is for students to keep their laptops all three years they attend Alderson and every year, each sixth grade class will get their own laptops. "What we're looking at is a tool so that they don't just stop and say I'm going to use a laptop but just like you using a piece of paper or using a Blackberry - it's just part of the educational experience," explains Bill Landis, LISD Technology Director.
Landis tells us the district is one of about 12 in the state starting the one-on-one laptop program. He says it's an effort to erase what he calls a digital divide, providing computers for every student, no matter their income. "We want to make sure that LISD provides it for every child so that all our kids graduate with the tools they need to be successful in life," adds Landis.
Eventually, the district hopes to expand the laptop program to Estacado High School as a way to keep students in the area. Administrators will distribute the laptops to students later this semester. The laptops are paid for by LISD funds, not grants like many other districts in the state participating in similar programs.
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