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APS continues to add technology into the classroom

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on October 11, 2017 – 12:56 amNo Comment

Alpena Public Schools continues to lead northeast Michigan school districts when it comes to using certain technology in the classroom.

APS has put approximately 1,244 Chromebooks into classrooms over the past year as it continues with a “high availability” strategy that is starting to look more like a “one to one” computing strategy.

“High availability” basically means the district is purchasing as many laptops as it can afford for classrooms, versus “one on one,” which would put a Chromebook into the hands of each student.

Paul Mancine is Director of Information Systems for APS and on Tuesday supplied a board of education committee with a breakdown on the number of laptops in each building.  ACES Academy is the closest to one to one computing with one device for every 1.1 students.  Lincoln and Wilson schools are at one device for every 1.2 students.

The district as a whole is at one device for every 1.6 students, with a total of 2,493 devices districtwide. Mancine said he is encouraged as more and more teachers embrace the technology and expand the use of laptops in their classroom.

If funding supports it, Superintendent John VanWagoner would like to launch a pilot program at the junior high school next year, choosing one grade level for “one to one” computing.  He said a lot of other work would need to be accomplished before then, it’s not just a matter of purchasing Chromebooks.

VanWagoner also foresees a day when traditional textbooks are a thing of the past and learning materials instead come directly through a laptop or some other electronic device.

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