Tri-Creek has 100 percent return on laptops

2013-06-30T17:45:00Z Tri-Creek has 100 percent return on laptopsMelanie Csepiga Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 30, 2013 5:45 pm  • 

LOWELL | All the laptop computers issued to Tri-Creek students were returned intact at the end of the school year.

It was the first year for the district's one-to-one laptop program.

"I believe that, due to the successful turn-in of over 2,000 student laptops ... with no laptops being reported lost or stolen, we have seen that the families of Tri-Creek School Corp., along with the community, have seen the possibilities of this project and what it means for our students," Jay Blackman, Director of Information and Educational Technology for Tri-Creek, said.

In just more than three hours, more than 1,100 laptops were turned in by Lowell High School students on their last day of school.

At Lowell Middle School, about 875 laptops were returned May 30.

Board member Michelle Dumbsky was excited at the positive results.

"We had faith in our kids," she said. She said the successful collection demonstrates the value the students and their parents place on the program.

"You do hear horror stories (in other school systems)," she said.

Blackman said, "Students have been very responsible with their laptops because they know that it is important for their use in the classroom."

He said family support in charging the laptops nightly and ensuring they were taken to school the next morning has been appreciated.

Tri-Creek officials reviewed the laptop handout procedures and refined the turn-in process to minimize waiting time. Seniors were given early dismissal to help students get through the lines quickly.

"Because of the fast turnaround in students returning their laptops in good shape, we were able to reissue laptops to approximately 80 students doing summer school courses," Blackman said.

A team of students already is working to  refurbish and update student laptops for the upcoming school year.

"We are also rolling out several new features to Tri-Creek students such as dictation, reminders and to-do lists that can sync to phones, cloud document storage, and software to assist students with writing and mind mapping," Blackman said.

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