A quick word from Lancaster City Schools superintendent Steve Wigton:
Lancaster City Schools will implement a new technology plan in 2017-18. Under this plan, the iPads for all LHS students will be replaced with Chromebooks at the start of next school year. In addition, all junior high students will be issued Chromebooks to begin the school year. Therefore beginning with the 2017-18 school year, all students in grades 6 – 12 in the Lancaster City School District will be issued Chromebooks for their learning both in school and at home. Due to the lower cost of Chromebooks, the district is able to provide Chromebooks in grades 6 – 12 for less cost than what we were paying for our iPad lease for high school students.
The technology plan also calls for Chromebooks to be phased in for all elementary students in grades 2 – 5 by the end of the first semester. Each classroom in grades 2 – 5 will have enough Chromebooks for every student to use throughout the school day. iPads that are no longer needed in the district will be redeployed for students use in Kindergarten and first grade.
The purpose of this educational technology plan is to improve student learning through the effective use of technology in grades K-12. Students will use 1:1 technology to enhance, support, and empower them to take ownership of their learning and to enable them to use modern technology to accomplish their everyday tasks. The approval and subsequent implementation of our technology plan furthers our commitment to keep Lancaster City Schools the place to be for technology integrated learning.
If you think I’m leaving the news about our technology plan to just this then you obviously didn’t see me wax poetically for 1,000+ words on the state of journalism… Stay tuned!