Millard Public Schools introduce new laptop program

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - The first day back from winter break, Millard North High students stepped into a digital realm.

Nearly 7,500 students throughout the Millard high schools will have their own HP 360 notebook by next Monday.

 

The device also doubles as a tablet which, means it's also a touch screen.

Dr. Kent Kingston, Executive Director of Technology for Millard Public Schools explains.

"This isn't really about technology,” he said.

“This is really about teaching and learning. We're really looking at - are teachers being able to bring more resources and do things in the classroom that they couldn't before.”

The rollout, known as One-[To]-One, cost the district two million dollars to launch the program and will cost around a million a year to maintain.

So, for around $327 per pop, what are the benefits?

"We can really bring in real time, world-happening events and things that are changing,” Dr. Kingston says.

For example, take hardcopies of textbooks.

"That becomes a seven to nine-year-curriculum cycle and by the time we get the printed book in our hands - in some cases, it's already outdated,” he said.

This massive rollout has been in the works for a while. But some students have already received these laptops offering feedback and, of course, using them like the AP Biology class at Millard North.

So far, student Madelyn Mann loves it.

"I use them for studying a lot - websites with flash cards,” she said. “It makes them easier. A lot faster to use. I use my AP textbook for (biology) especially before reviewing."

While these students tell KMTV they like what they're seeing - some things aren't replaceable.

“It's more like an accessory,” said Trevor Daubert. “It just makes his job easier and easier for us to learn, I think. I still like a teacher. I would hate to sit on my computer everyday and watch a lecture."

On this day, it's all about the "oohs" and "aahs."

But starting on Friday, students can expect to actually use their shiny gadgets for work.

To learn more about the program, click here.

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