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AAHS to embrace digital learning

At the February regular meeting, the Alexandria School Board approved the implementation of a one-to-one digital learning initiative at Alexandria Area High School (AAHS), along with technology improvements throughout the district.

This will begin with the 2014-2015 school year and will provide Chromebook laptops for students in grades 9-12 to use during the school year.

“The school board is committed to investing resources that improve learning through the use of technology,” said Board Chair Dean Anderson.

The goals of this initiative are to improve student engagement, personalize student learning and provide equitable technology access for students. It also fits with the district’s strategic plan and comprehensive technology plan. The laptops will provide students with anytime, anywhere access to educational tools to increase collaboration in and outside of the classroom.

Information was gathered from a number of other districts to evaluate devices. Through that process, Chromebooks were selected and a comprehensive procedure and usage handbook was developed. The laptops will be ready for distribution when the students attend orientation sessions in August.

There is no technology fee associated with the device. However, parents and students would need to attend an information session together to review the procedure and usage handbook and to receive information on optional insurance coverage.

Technology infrastructure reinvestment in grades K-8 will provide for teacher computer upgrades, expansion and replacement of Computer on Wheels, and district-wide upgrades for paging systems, security cameras, wireless access points, vestibule entry systems, and data center needs.

Annie Harman
Annie Harman is a reporter for Echo Press and The Osakis Review. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in print journalism and history in May 2012. Follow her on Twitter at annieharman
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