Idaho Schools Sign up to Receive First Round of Laptops From the State

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Friday, February 24, 2012

More than 170 high schools across Idaho have signed up to participate in the first one-third of schools receiving laptops in the state’s "one-to-one" initiative in 2013.

Under the Students Come First reform laws, the state is investing $9 million a year in technology for grades K-12. The end result: a one-to-one ratio of students and teachers to laptops in every public high school.

Teachers, principals and other certified staff in every high school will receive laptop devices in fall 2012 as well as a year of intensive professional development on how to integrate this technology in the classroom curriculum. The state is funding $4 million a year in ongoing professional development.

Based on a recommendation of a statewide technology task force, the state will distribute laptops to high schools statewide over the next three years beginning in fall 2013. In the 2013-2014 school year, one-third of Idaho’s high schools will be equipped with laptop devices and the necessary software, maintenance, security and support to reach a one-to-one ratio in the school. By 2015, the state will complete this one-to-one ratio in every Idaho high school.

The state will cover the costs of the laptops as well as the repair, maintenance, software and security. The state also is working to make every Idaho high school a wireless environment in the next year.

To determine which schools would participate in the first round of deployment, the State Department of Education asked schools to submit a letter of interest by Feb. 17, signed by the district superintendent or school board chair. The department received 99 letters of interest representing 174 different high schools and nearly 68,000 students statewide. This makes up an estimated 84 percent of Idaho’s high school students.


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