APS Laptop Program
In April of 2010, the Arcadia Public School Board of Education approved the adoption of the 1:1 Initiative for all students grade 7-12. The 1:1 Initiative provides a laptop for each student which grants them the opportunity to develop 21st Century Skills that are needed within today's workforce. The funding for this project has been made available through the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund. From May through August the school network underwent enhancements to make the transition a smooth one; new wireless routers were installed to allow students to move from class to class without losing network access along with a complete upgrade to the server and client machines to Windows 7.
The implementation of the 1:1 Inititiative for grades 7-12 allowed for remaining laptops within the school to be shuffled down to the elementary classrooms. Three laptop carts have been placed within the elementary classrooms for use.
In today's world, our young people (the iY generation) are accustomed to instant information because of handheld technology. They are an EPIC generation: Experential, Participatory, Image-rich, and Connected. The 1:1 Initiative hands each student a tool, their laptop, which provides them with a connection to current, useful, and worldwide information.