WILMINGTON — The dates and times have been announced on when Chromebook laptop computers will be distributed to all Wilmington High School (WHS) students.

A parent or guardian must attend the distribution, which will be held in the WHS auditeria.

The dates and times are as follows, including a “Make Up Day”:

Students (other than incoming freshmen) whose last names begin with the letters A through G are to pick up their laptop 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Students (other than incoming freshmen) whose last names begin with the letters H through N are to pick up their laptop 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4.

Students (other than incoming freshmen) whose last names begin with the letters O through Z are to pick up their laptop 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8.

All incoming freshman students will pick up their Chromebook during freshmen orientation. Freshmen orientation is set for Tuesday, Aug. 9. The time for the distribution of the laptops is 6 p.m. Aug. 9.

For students who cannot make it for the particular distribution time and date designated for them, a “Make Up Day” is being held 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11.

Please note, a $50 technology fee is due at the time of the Chromebook pick-up.

For more detailed information about the WHS’ 1-to-1 Chromebook Initiative, please visit the Website http://www.wilmington1to1.com/ .

The term 1-to-1 (1:1) means every individual student at Wilmington High School will be provided a personal Chromebook for his or her educational needs while attending WHS. In other words, 1:1 refers to “one device: one student”.

According to the above website, Chromebooks will impact learning because through the web and the thousands of educator-approved apps, books, and videos in Google Play for Education, students will have access to a world of information and educational tools.

“Chromebooks enable students to learn at school or on-the-go. We call this anytime/anywhere learning. The devices boot up in less than 8 seconds and have over 10 hours of battery life, making them ideal for schools,” states the website.

According to WHS Principal Mindy McCarty-Stewart, there are several goals for the initiative. They are:

Increase student engagement and productivity through personalized learning and equal access to technology.

Extend and expand learning beyond the school day — anytime, anywhere learning.

Provide authentic and relevant learning experiences.

Increase skill development in collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving, digital literacy, and global awareness.

Increase student achievement and academic rigor.

Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768 or on Twitter @GHuffenberger.

Distribution starts next week

By Gary Huffenberger

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