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March 6, 2013

Greater Clark moves toward 1:1

Each student to have a computer by 2013-14

JEFFERSONVILLE — Steps toward putting computers in the hands of every student in Greater Clark County Schools were taken at the corporation’s board of trustees meeting on Tuesday.

The board also got a proposed timeline for implementing a 1:1 computer initiative for the whole district, with projected completion for grades six through 12 by the 2013-2014 school year.

The board voted unanimously to approve the purchase of 10 Google Chromebook computers and management service through Agosto Inc. for each member to see if they’re the devices they’ll use districtwide.

The computers cost $249 apiece. 

Brett Clark, director of technology, said the management service, which will cost $30 per device including the five Chromebooks the district already owns, will allow the district to set which applications go on the machines. Some other devices do not have top-down management capabilities.

Tony Hall, board member, was recently appointed to chair a committee to investigate cost savings in purchasing iPads en masse for the four school districts in Clark and Floyd Counties at the last joint school board meeting.

Hall said he wanted to make sure the district wasn’t leaving out other devices in the path to a 1:1 initiative, but also said iPads make sense because teachers already have them in their classrooms.

“To me, it would seem this should have been done before we gave teachers the iPads,” Hall said. “It could be confusing for an educator being in the classroom, ‘Alright, I’m ready to go with my iPad, but now I’ve got to switch to this other device.’”

Clark said students may go from Greater Clark to a college that has devices with a different operating system than what they dealt with in their K-12 career or teachers may go to other districts or jobs with different software and hardware platforms.

He said in that instance, variety is helpful to everyone.

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