Scottsdale Unified Science Students to Receive 7,560 New Laptops Funded by 2016 Technology Capital Override
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (July 30, 2019) – Understanding the world through science will become a more dynamic and interactive learning experience for grades 3-12 students attending Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) schools this year. When these students enter their new science classrooms when school starts Aug. 5, they will see a brand new cart full of Chromebook laptop computers to use during class.
The Governing Board’s March 19 unanimous vote to approve the $2,590,504 technology purchase was greeted with spirited cheers from some very excited science teachers.
“New state science standards challenge students to learn by actively investigating phenomena, and gathering and analyzing data to build important inquiry and research skills,” explains Barb Reinert, the district’s Pre-K – Grade 12 science academic coach. “The new Chromebooks will not only help students accomplish this, they will also help our teachers fully leverage digital resources into lesson plans to better engage students and improve learning outcomes.”
The 7,560 Chromebook computers move SUSD closer to the goal of having a one-to-one ratio of students to technology devices in core classes. “We recognize the important role that classroom technology has for our students and how increased access to it elevates the way teachers engage students,” says Debi Spaulding, SUSD’s Chief Systems Officer. Spaulding’s Information Technology team has a big job ahead, even after delivering the 210 rolling carts that house, charge and secure the 7,560 devices. The 2019-2020 fiscal year is the first phase of a five-year plan to replace outdated computer devices at schools that are, in some cases, up to 8 years old.
SUSD chose CDW-G, a leading multi-brand, technology solutions provider, to furnish the new Lenovo Yoga Chromebook devices. Funding for the purchase comes from the Technology portion of the additional assistance (capital) budget override approved by voters in 2016.
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