One-to-One Laptop Distribution
In early 2013, HISD Superintendent Terry Grier announced his vision to provide every high school student at HISD with a laptop for learning at school and at home. Phase one of the program, involving 11 high schools and nearly 18,000 laptops, is now complete and phase two begins during the 2014–2015 school year. By 2016, every student at every high school will have a laptop.
The one-to-one laptop program is a key component of HISD’s PowerUp initiative, which aims to transform teaching and learning throughout the district. By providing students with 24-hour access to a digital device, students can become the producers and evaluators of knowledge, not just consumers. The laptops will allow them to locate, evaluate, and interpret information, as well as collaborate with others to engage in authentic, real-world tasks. Most importantly, the students will develop the skills they need to compete in today’s 21st-century economy.Phase One (2013–2014 school year)Teachers at 11 schools received laptops in August of 2013 and trained for an entire semester before students received their devices in January of 2014. Teachers at these campuses will continue to receive regular training and support on digital instructional techniques and web-based tools they can use to create a rigorous, personalized, and engaging classroom. The following schools are in phase one.
- The Energy Institute
- Sam Houston
Phase Two (2014–2015 school year)Teachers at 21 high schools will receive laptops in August 2014 and will train with instructional technology and teacher development specialists. Students during the first semester will receive instruction on digital citizenship, cyber safety, and the care of their laptop. Parent nights will be held in the fall and both students and their parents will be required to sign an acceptable use agreement and pay a non-refundable $25 security deposit. The following schools are in phase two.
- Young Men’s College Prep
- Young Women’s College Prep
- Challenge Early College
- East Early College
- Sharpstown International
Phase Three (2015–2016 school year)
- South Early College
Students and teachers at all remaining HISD high school will receive laptops.
- Student Acceptable Use Policy (Eng/Span)
- Student Laptop Loan Agreement (Eng/Span)
- Parent Night Presentation
- Noche de coneferencia de Padres
- Proper Online and Laptop Behavior (Eng/Span)
- Discounted Internet and other resources
- Cyber Safety & Digital Citizenship (Eng/Span)
- Keeping Students Safe (Eng/Span)