Madison Co. high school students getting laptops

The Associated PressJuly 18, 2014 

— After years of planning and saving, the Madison County School District is providing every 9th- through 12th-grader a MacBook Air laptop.

Technology coordinator Gavin Guynes said all students, elementary and middle school included, will also have access to iPads, Windows-based and Apple computers.

Guynes said teachers will be able to administer tests and quizzes online, and every classroom will be equipped with a SMART Board and an Apple TV.

"At the end of every day, a student could take a quiz to see how well they gathered the information for that day and the teacher would know instantly how well they did in presenting that information," Guynes told The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/Wmnu5f ).

The $6 million 1:M Digital Initiative is being launched in August.

Guynes said students can create presentations and write papers using the educational website Khan Academy, accessing video lessons from their teachers.

He said every 6th- through 12th-grade student will have an email account they can use to communicate with teachers.

The initiative is paid for by funds set aside since 2008 in addition to debt service millage that was repurposed to operations, said district finance director Debbie Jones.

"We knew there were a lot of curriculum changes coming because of Common Core, so we just consciously set aside money to make sure we made the improvements to the infrastructure," Jones said. "We had to get the wireless technology out there at every site to make sure it could support that many devices."

Students will pay a $50 fee for insurance not covered by Apple.

Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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