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Six months after Braintree’s Archbishop Williams High School announced that it's switching from textbooks to e-books, the institution has officially rolled out the technology.
Starting July 30 and continuing the week of Aug. 13, the school will hand out approximately 430 iPads to its students. Approximately 100 students already owned their iPads and didn’t need to lease them from the school.
According to Principal Carmen Mariano, the program is well on its way.
“We have distributed over 300 leased machines so far, and have another 130 to go,” Mariano said. “By this time next week; every student in our school will be equipped to help us launch this exciting new program.”
Students received iPads, cases, insurance, and applications that will be necessary for the project.
Additionally, student and parents are attending a 30-minute workshop on digital citizenship as part of the rollout.
According to Mariano, “this workshop confirms how much we trust our students and what we expect of them as they use this valuable resource.”
The launch of the program, which the school has called One to One iPad, was a natural progression for the school, Mariano said, especially considering how wired-in students are today.
Additionally, students’ backpacks will be much lighter with the iPads, which will carry books electronically. Students can also take notes, analyze data in science labs, and conduct research with the touch-screen technology in school or at home.
The iPads will additionally help students take on-line courses for high school and college credits.
According to a release, the Archbishop Williams technology program is one of the most aggressive in the state. The entire campus has wireless access, installed in late 2011, and the iPads will enable students can use that technology anywhere at the school.
“We are excited to bring the world of education and technology and together,” Mariano said in a release. “Our students and teachers deserve to live in both!”