The program will equip every district high school student and teacher with a notebook computer. Dell will provide the district 15,800 Dell notebook systems, professional development and training for teachers, administrators and students, and a variety of additional value-added services.
Four years ago, Henrico County became one of the first school districts in the nation to initiate a "one-to-one" computing program for their students. One-to-one computing refers to the practice of providing a computer for every student in a particular grade, school or district.
"Technology is vital to the education of our students, since that's the world into which they're headed," said Fred Morton, superintendent, Henrico County Public Schools. "By selecting Dell for this important project, we will continue to provide our teachers with the tools and our students with the learning experience they need to succeed. We know Dell will be a great partner and we are excited by the enthusiasm and world view they bring to this project."
Students will receive their notebooks at the beginning of the next school year. Teachers and administrators will receive their notebooks this month and be given a comprehensive training program to help them easily integrate the systems into their existing curriculum. Students and their parents will receive technology training in August to help ensure they get the most out of their computers.
"Technology is having a positive impact on teaching and learning in Henrico schools," said Meredyth Hoggatt, world history teacher at Tucker High School in Henrico County. "Teachers here are coming up with innovative ways to improve how students learn, keeping them motivated and engaged. Our new Dell notebooks will be a great fit for our students and we expect a smooth transition this summer."
In addition to the notebooks, Dell will provide a comprehensive set of services for the school district. For example, Dell will work with Henrico County's help-desk to develop a loaner pool of systems for students. If a problem develops with a system that can't be immediately corrected, the system's data will be transferred to a loaner system so the student can continue their schoolwork.
Over the next four years, Dell and Henrico County Public Schools will work together on a variety of initiatives, from research designed to measure student performance, to implementing high-tech "Intelligent Classrooms." These activities will be designed to assist teachers and improve overall student performance.
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