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Laptop Initiative is Here

The 2012-2013school year will mark the first year that all students at Piedmont High will have the opportunity to receive a laptop. Teachers have been preparing for this initiative for the past year by participating in professional development, utilizing Google Docs with their classes, and developing technology-rich lessons that will enhance their instruction in the classroom.

As parents and students return to Piedmont, there are sure to be some questions related to the implementation of the 1:1 Laptop Initiative. To help answer some of these questions, Union County Public Schools has placed a Technology link in the navigation bar of our school website that will provide resources related to the laptops.

Students in grades 9-12 will be receiving a Lenovo Chromebook on August 26 if all prerequisite procedures have been completed.  The Union County School Board approved a $25 annual user fee, per student, for technology use to assist in maintaining and expanding current technology services. Possible costs during the school year include replacement power adapters and cords, replacement computer batteries, repairs, and loaner machines. Laptop bags will not be distributed with the device. Students will be responsible for transporting the laptop to and from school in a bag, case, or sleeve that will provide protection. The laptops are 12 inches and the device should be compatible with any case designed for a 12” laptop.

To assist with technology integration, Piedmont High School has a full-time computer technician who is available daily during scheduled office hours to assist students with technical issues or hardware repairs. In addition, Piedmont has an Instructional Technology Facilitator (ITF) at the school two days each week to assist teachers and students with the utilization of the laptop for instruction. According to Garrett Williams, ITF for Piedmont High and Piedmont Middle, "We are very excited to be adopting the Lenovo Chromebook for grades 6-12. The Chromebook is a device that students of all ability levels can use. This implementation will enhance the quality of instruction taking place at Piedmont High School."

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Starr at 704-753-2810.

Written by: Donna Helms, Web Editor
Posted: Aug 27, 2013 by Donna Helms

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