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NISD to issue computing devices

By Erika Pedroza | Published Wednesday, August 21, 2013

{{{*}}}For the third year, every Northwest ISD high school and middle school student will be equipped with an electronic computing device.

It’s all part of the district’s vision to to prepare students for their future and ensure that they and their teachers have access to relevant tools needed in today’s digital classroom.

All high schoolers will receive a new Dell Latitude 10 Tablet while middle-school students will be issued a netbook computer.

The notion was approved by the school board in a long-range technology plan in June.

“We appreciate the support of the board and the community for allowing us to provide students with a device to enhance their education,” said NISD Director of Technology Carl Shawn.

Device deployment is:

  • 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22,
  • 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23,
  • 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26.

Students who are unable to pick up their devices on these dates will receive them during the first two weeks of school.

The devices are equipped with wireless networking and software, including the district’s filtering system that restricts questionable websites regardless of the student’s location.

Prior to receiving a device, students must submit a completed Student-Parent Device Use Agreement. This agreement can be completed online at www.nisdtx.org/computingdevices or at the time they receive the device.

In addition, students have the option to purchase an insurance policy on the device. The policy carries a one-time fee of $50 and remains in effect as long as the student has the device.

NISD students also have the opportunity to use their own personal electronic devices for educational purposes. Students must follow district policy and guidelines if they choose to use their own device.

The student technology 1:1 initiative is a key ingredient in the district’s vision where every student will graduate future-ready: ready for college, ready for the global workplace and ready for personal success. The district has plans to issue all middle school students Dell Latitude 10 Tablets next year.

For more information about the devices, insurance and policies to bring your own device, go to www.nisdtx.org/computingdevices.

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