MacBook Airs to be deployed in Ohio School District
The MacBook Air is going to serve a crucial role in being able to help educate the youth, as an Ohio School District entered into an agreement with Apple to equip its teachers and students with a MacBook Air computer.
The Revere Local Schools board approved just before the end of June a four-year, $360,000 annual lease agreement that would benefit students and teachers from 7th to 12th grade. By the end of this transformational deal, the devices would then be under the district’s ownership.
Apple would provide the district with the notebooks, software, technical and implementation support. In addition, teachers would receive professional development. Meanwhile, the students would be able to use these notebooks both at home and in school.
School Superintendent Matt Montgomery says that “this initiative fits into both the district tech and strategic plans.” He adds, “It’s not a device initiative but an instructional initiative. It’s about how we instruct the kids to meet the needs of today’s learners, and it is changing how we instruct with higher levels of pedagogy.”
The systematic transition and implementation will begin with the teachers receiving the notebook starting in August, with the training to begin at that time as well. As for the students, they would be able to receive their MacBook Airs starting in mid-October.
The shift to becoming an “Apple School” allows the district to be able to secure savings when there is a shift from using consumable supplies like textbooks, paper, or workbooks into a paperless format.
Even with the integration and infusion of technology into education, Montgomery maintains the concept highlighting the value of teachers, noting that “this initiative is taking instruction to a higher level through these tools. It does not undermine the importance and necessity of teachers.”