WILMINGTON — The dates and times have been announced on when Chromebook laptop computers will be distributed to all Wilmington High School (WHS) students.
A parent or guardian must attend the distribution, which will be held in the WHS auditeria.
The dates and times are as follows, including a “Make Up Day”:
• Students (other than incoming freshmen) whose last names begin with the letters A through G are to pick up their laptop 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3.
• Students (other than incoming freshmen) whose last names begin with the letters H through N are to pick up their laptop 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4.
• Students (other than incoming freshmen) whose last names begin with the letters O through Z are to pick up their laptop 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8.
• All incoming freshman students will pick up their Chromebook during freshmen orientation. Freshmen orientation is set for Tuesday, Aug. 9. The time for the distribution of the laptops is 6 p.m. Aug. 9.
• For students who cannot make it for the particular distribution time and date designated for them, a “Make Up Day” is being held 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11.
Please note, a $50 technology fee is due at the time of the Chromebook pick-up.
For more detailed information about the WHS’ 1-to-1 Chromebook Initiative, please visit the Website http://www.wilmington1to1.com/ .
The term 1-to-1 (1:1) means every individual student at Wilmington High School will be provided a personal Chromebook for his or her educational needs while attending WHS. In other words, 1:1 refers to “one device: one student”.
According to the above website, Chromebooks will impact learning because through the web and the thousands of educator-approved apps, books, and videos in Google Play for Education, students will have access to a world of information and educational tools.
“Chromebooks enable students to learn at school or on-the-go. We call this anytime/anywhere learning. The devices boot up in less than 8 seconds and have over 10 hours of battery life, making them ideal for schools,” states the website.
According to WHS Principal Mindy McCarty-Stewart, there are several goals for the initiative. They are:
• Increase student engagement and productivity through personalized learning and equal access to technology.
• Extend and expand learning beyond the school day — anytime, anywhere learning.
• Provide authentic and relevant learning experiences.
• Increase skill development in collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving, digital literacy, and global awareness.
• Increase student achievement and academic rigor.
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