MTHS to begin providing students with laptops


Miami Trace High School will be rolling out a 1:1 laptop initiative at the start of classes this fall. The laptop program will include students in grades 9-12.

Each student will receive a laptop computer to be used in the classroom as well as at home for educational purposes. Teachers will be using computer technology for instruction, assignments, projects, research and assessment.

For students to receive a laptop with charger and carrying case, they and their parent(s)/guardian(s) must indicate their consent of the district laptop agreement by choosing acceptance on the signature page of that agreement. Times are being made available for students to pick up their assigned laptop at the high school during the week of Aug. 7-11 and on Aug. 14.

The times are: Tuesday, Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Monday, Aug. 14 from 6-8 p.m.

“We are very excited about starting a 1:1 laptop program at our high school this year,” said Katy Zink, the district technology coordinator at Miami Trace. “The district feels that providing our students with 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity, will help them better prepare for their futures. We want to make sure that students from Miami Trace can compete in the global economy and feel that increased use of computers in education will have a positive effect on student learning and achievement.”

There will be a maintenance fee of $25 that will be assessed each school year. This fee will be collected through the student information system and does not have to be paid in full prior to the student receiving the laptop.

“This is an exciting time for our high school students and teachers and for the school district. We are moving into an era when we can provide students the opportunity to use technology which will prepare them for skills that they will need for life after graduation,” said Rob Enochs, the principal at Miami Trace High School. “The immediate access to computers and increased use of computers in education will have a beneficial effect on student learning and achievement. We truly want our students to be able to compete in our local economy and in the global market by utilizing the 1:1 program. This move will help engage students in critical thinking, collaboration and communication.”

Information for this story comes from a letter by principal Rob Enochs.

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