More than 12,300 MacBook Air laptops made their way into the hands of EPISD students this summer as part of the District’s continued efforts to provide opportunities for more modern and active learning.
The laptops, which are funded through the 2016 Bond initiative, were distributed to students in sixth through 11th grade. EPISD currently enjoys a 1:1 distribution of computer devices for students at every grade level.
“Thanks to the voters of the District we have been able to provide state-of-the-art technology to our secondary students,” said Superintendent Juan Cabrera. “EPISD students have the tools necessary to become successful in a global economy. The MacBooks will compliment teacher-led instruction to help students reach their academic goals.”
This is the second year EPISD distributes MacBook Airs.
“It was important for us to choose a device that was going to have high reliability, good quality, and that was going to be durable for students who are entering the sixth,” said Alice Ramos, Chief Technology Officer. “We wanted to make an investment that was going to be a quality device that students can hopefully keep with them through high school.”
Ramos also explained how the devices tie in the District’s Active Learning initiatives.
“Teachers can integrate technology effectively and students will have the proper tools at their fingertips to be prepared for 21st century learning,” she said.
Cielo Illarramendi, a Charles Middle School sixth grader, was all smiles after receiving her new MacBook Tuesday morning. She admitted the idea of the computer made her a bit nervous – as the new technology means a step further away from pencil and paper.
“I’m excited to use my MacBook at school this year,” she said. “I’m hoping to learn how to make apps or maybe learning how to separate your assignments so you can keep track of all that.”
Representatives from the Technology Department and Curriculum & Instruction guided students through the distribution process, which ended with a short demonstration by geniuses from the Apple Store.