Worcester freshmen go digital with laptops – Delmarva Daily Times
Alison Cook knew when her daughter, Haley, entered high school, she would need a laptop.
It was something Haley wanted for a long time to take care of homework assignments.
Thanks to Worcester County public schools, she and her fellow incoming high school freshmen will each have their own school-issued laptop to use for assignments and as an educational tool.
Now, sheâs no longer tethered to the family desktop computer.
Both Haley and her mother are excited for the opportunity.
âItâs a huge advantage to these students and families that canât afford laptops,â Alison Cook said. âI did not have to put out that expense, itâs amazing.â
The laptops â a Dell Latitude 3340 laptop with a 13.3-inch screen and 500-gigabyte hard drive, valued at $750 â are part of the school systemâs âTeach. Learn. Connect.â 1-to-1 digital conversion initiative.
They are customized with software that will complement whatâs being taught in the classroom. The students are able to keep the computers after graduation.
A total of 525 laptops are earmarked for distribution at the countyâs three high schools. Snow Hill and Stephen Decatur high school freshmen have received their laptops, while their Pocomoke High School counterparts are expected to get theirs Thursday, Sept. 10.
Snow Hill High School Principal Kimberly Purvis thinks the laptop distribution program helps students prepare for a competitive global workforce.
âThe first step includes receiving a world-class education through innovative teaching and learning,â she said. âWe want to ensure that our students are not only prepared for the existing job market but also those jobs using technologies that may not even exist yet âtechnologies that they, themselves, may be inventing.â
Melanie Whisner, whose son, Ian, received a laptop during the orientation, said the initiative helps level the playing field among students.
âItâs fantastic that every student is going to have a chance to be connected digitally,â she said.
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