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Monroe Middle School celebrates 1:1 Laptop Initiative 2012

Faith Ann LaRock and Patience Ann LaRock can't wait to use their laptops thanks to the 1:1 Laptop Initiative. Faith is in Monroe Middle School teacher Tom Stewart's homeroom, while Patience is in Ashley Wasson's homeroom.

Monroe Middle celebrates its fourth year as part of the 1:1 laptop initiative for Union County Public Schools.

Monroe Middle School was originally selected as one of the pilot schools for the program in 2009 as 120 of its sixth-grade students were selected to be involved in the laptop program.

Union County Public Schools embarked on a district wide initiative beginning in 2010, which would allow all middle school students the opportunity to participate in the 1:1 laptop initiative.

“Monroe Middle's teachers and students are very excited to begin using the laptops in the classrooms this year,” said Monroe Middle media specialist Michele R. Todd.

The goals of the 1:1 laptop initiative were explained in a letter sent to Monroe Middle School students and their parents.

“It is the desire of Union County Public Schools to provide students with a great learning opportunity,” it stated. “The 1:1 Initiative is designed to increase global awareness, promote innovation and encourage student success. As students attend classes this school year, teachers will be designing technology rich lessons that will implement 21st Century Skills into their curriculum."

All parents and students participating in the initiative were required to attend one netbook family session, which was hosted at Monroe Middle School. During these family nights, parents and students attended a session to learn more about caring for the netbook, Internet safety, as well as school rules and guidelines for netbook usage.

Once parents completed the session, they reported to the school’s laptop distribution room to receive their child's laptop. “The lines were long, but the wait was worth it when the students receive their laptops,” Todd said. “The smiles on the faces of parents and students as well were a clear indication that they were excited at this opportunity.”

For more information about Monroe Middle’s laptop initiative, please call the school at (704) 296-3120, and ask for Todd or Monroe Middle computer technician Emil Iglesias.
 

Written by: Michele R. Todd, Media Specialist
Posted: Sep 05, 2012 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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