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.Important PowerUp Forms