South Fayette High School students now have their own laptop computers to use in the classroom and for continued instruction at home. Each student received a Hewlett Packard Revolve laptop computer on the first day of classes this academic year.
As part of South Fayette’s continued 1:1 Initiative, all students in the district will be able to use their designated devices for instructional purposes.
The 1:1 Initiative began two years ago with the goal of promoting collaboration, exploration, and critical thinking skills among students.
Middle and Intermediate schools students received the same device last school year. Elementary school students are already using iPads. With the rollout of the laptops at the High School this year, the initial vision for the 1:1 Initiative is complete.
“We’re excited to launch this new educational endeavor. We believe it will have a positive impact on the educational program at South Fayette High School,” said Principal Aaron Skrbin.
Students were presented with the laptops on the first day of school and eagerly logged on during a brief demonstration.
“Now we don’t have excuse not to do things on the computer. This is going to help us keep track of everything we do and be better organized,” said sophomore Maria Yanosko.
“This will definitely make things faster for us – logging on, saving and retrieving our work – it’ll be a lot easier now,” added sophomore Zach Weis.
The school board approved funding for the high school laptops on March 21. The four-year lease for 1,200 HP EliteBook Revolve computer-tablet hybrid units will cost the district $362,685 annually in lease fees. HP units have also been provided to high school staff members.
The computers will remain the property of the district. Parents are encouraged to monitor student use at home for appropriate content and activity.