The Defense Department school system is issuing laptops to students in select schools, hoping the pilot program will match the success of similar programs in state schools that have made steady gains in student achievement.
Department of Defense Education Activity began issuing laptops to every student and teacher in 10 of its military schools this spring with the intent of expanding the program to all DODEA high schools and middle schools.
“The purpose is really simple,” said DODEA Director Marilee Fitzgerald. “It’s to employ technology in ways that improve teaching and learning through increased student engagement.”
Eight of the 10 schools in the initial phase are in Europe, and the two others are stateside, at locations with at least 50 percent wireless capability, DODEA officials said. A limited expansion is planned next school year in the Pacific, where broadband and wireless capabilities are catching up to that of Europe’s schools.
“Specific sites have yet to be determined,” DODEA spokeswoman Elaine Kanellis said in an email.