George Mason HS is Giving a Laptop to Every Student

August 13, 2014 7:07 PM3 comments
Students at George Mason High School receive a tutorial on how to use their school-provided laptops during the one of the daily training sessions that FCCPS are holding throughout the month of August to educate students and parents on how to appropriately use the laptops. FCCPS is providing laptops to every student at George Mason as part of the school system’s personalized learning initiative, which starts this school year. (Photo: Courtesy of FCCPS)

Students at George Mason High School receive a tutorial on how to use their school-provided laptops during the one of the daily training sessions that FCCPS are holding throughout the month of August to educate students and parents on how to appropriately use the laptops. FCCPS is providing laptops to every student at George Mason as part of the school system’s personalized learning initiative, which starts this school year. (Photo: Courtesy of FCCPS)

On Monday, George Mason High School started giving out MacBook Air laptops to George Mason students as part of the Falls Church City Public Schools’ (FCCPS) Personalized Learning program. Personalized Learning, an FCCPS program that has been in the making for three years, is designed to encourage students to use digital technology as an academic tool.

In 2013, FCCPS gave faculty and staff at the school access to Mac laptops and iPads to aid in classroom instruction and organization. And now this year, FCCPS has expanded the program to all students at the school in an attempt to increase the use of educational technology in the classroom and at home.

Tyrone Byrd, the principal at George Mason, said that through Personalized Learning “students will have greater access to the tools that will serve [as] the foundation of the tools they will use as they enter postsecondary schools and the workforce in the 21st century.”

  • FallsChurchCitizen

    Expect this to be filed away and resurface in the spring when the school board stresses its “bare bones” budget requests.

  • D. Wayne Jones

    When bought in bulk, I would think that the cost would be less than buying text books that are outdated by the time they are printed. E-book licenses are also available to make it even cheaper. Just a thought.

    • FallsChurchCitizen

      Are they purchasing the laptops in lieu of those textbooks or in addition to them?

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