Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Partnership Drives 1-to-1 Wireless Learning in Michigan

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Partnership Drives 1-to-1 Wireless Learning in Michigan

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When Michigan was ready to implement its vision of 1-to-1 learning statewide through the Freedom to Learn (FTL) initiative, it chose Hewlett-Packard as its single technology provider. Now, thanks to a four-year, $68 million contract, middle schools are using wireless networks, HP notebooks and software, and a supporting infrastructure across the state to enhance students' academic performance. So far, the program has supported distribution of computers to nearly 19,000 middle school students. Thankfully, the program has also assembled about 1,300 participants including, teachers, principals and technology coordinators, with each teacher receiving an HP laptop. In order to partake in the FTL program, each school had to qualify for federal funding (i.e., be identified as a high-need school), with nearly a third of the schools that were targeted for the program not meeting their adequate yearly progress (AYP) goals for academic achievement.

HP was able to provide a complete FTL education package customized to meet the goals of the state. Included in the HP solution is curriculum aligned to national and state standards, teacher professional development, and a centralized learning portal, which provides teachers, parents and students with powerful communication and collaboration tools to create a more personalized learning environment. …

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