Update from Mr. Rouse on take-home computers for students

September 11, 2015

This letter was emailed to parents and guardians on Sept. 11, 2015.

Dear OPRF High School Families,

As part of our technology plan, we have a goal of eventually providing each OPRF student with a school-owned computer that he or she may take home. You may hear that some students are receiving take-home computers this month, so we want to be sure you are fully informed about the overall plan.

Last year, we placed carts of Chromebooks for in-class use in about 30 classrooms. Our research found that the Chromebooks enhanced classroom communication and collaboration, improved information fluency and research, and helped build skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. This year we doubled the number of classroom carts to 60.

By the end of this semester we plan to distribute individual Chromebooks to the students of five pilot teachers. These 500 students will be permitted to take their Chromebooks back and forth between school and home. This pilot of 1:1 technology will show us how best to incorporate student-dedicated technology into our everyday instructional program. We do not yet have a timeline for providing the full student body with 1:1 devices, as we first will need to evaluate this pilot program.

If your student will be receiving a take-home Chromebook this semester, you will be receiving more information and an agreement to sign soon. If you’d like to learn more about our 1:1 plans, please click here for a list of frequently asked questions.

Sincerely,

Nathaniel Rouse
Principal