L'ANSE - L'Anse Area Schools Junior/Senior High School Principal Carrie Meyer called the district's 1:1 Technology Initiative a "revolutionary change in education," and an open house will be held Tuesday to make sure students, parents and community members are all on the same page with the project.
The initiative will eventually put ASUS Transformer tablets in the hands of every student in the district, starting with a pilot project with second- and eighth-grade students this year.
"I'm very excited," said Meyer, who was on a seven-member committee that developed the program. "The way we're headed with technology, this is a revolutionary change in education, and it's a great way to effectively differentiate instruction."
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Tom Griffin, L’Anse Area Schools network administrator, right, helps sixth-grade teacher Randy Cadeau set up his ASUS Transformer tablet Thursday evening at L’Anse High School.
The project will tentatively be phased in over six years, but the committee and school board will evaluate it after this year to refine future plans.
"We're starting with a pilot because we know there's going to be glitches to work out," Meyer said. "We want to make sure it's sustainable over time."
LAS teachers started receiving their tablets in July and district network administrator Tom Griffin was available at the school Thursday to help more than two dozen teachers make sure everything is set up before teacher in-service days next Tuesday and Wednesday.
The district will host an open house at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
It will start with students being able to pick up schedules, locker assignments and necessary enrollment forms, along with a meet-and-greet with teachers and administrators. Presentations will also be made on the student handbook and curriculum requirements.
"After we finish with those items, we'll pull everything together around 6:30 (in the school cafetorium) for a community presentation from our technology team," Meyer said.
The evening will conclude by collecting user agreements from eighth-grade students and distributing their ASUS tablets.
"There will be no cost up front to pick up the tablets," Meyer said. "If there's any type of damage for a student, the first time the replacement value of the tablet is $50. Any future damage replacements we will be required to charge the full replacement value."
Second-grade students will not be able to take their tablets home, and they will begin using them on the district's first day of classes, next Thursday.
For those who cannot attend Tuesday's open house, more information about the technology initiative can be found at lanseschools.org.