GLEN ROSE – Since beginning its one-to-one laptop program in the 2012-13 school year, Glen Rose ISD has been on the forefront of putting technology at the fingertips of its students. The access to a world-wide-web of learning will continue for the 2016-17 school year with the upcoming distribution of MacBooks to incoming 6th–12th grade students.

Beginning Monday, July 25 students may begin picking up their laptops from the GRISD Technology Center, located at 707 SW Big Bend Trail and adjacent to Brookshire’s. There are 16 dates in which students can pickup his or her MacBook with no assigned dates for grade levels, according to GRISD.

A survey conducted by PBS Learning Media found that one in seven K-12 teachers felt that educational technology has allowed them to do much more for their students. For the teachers at Glen Rose ISD schools utilizing technology in their curriculum has also open new doors to the way they teach.

“It has been awesome,” said GRHS art and media communications teacher, Randy Haney in an interview previously. “This is my 31st year to teach and I feel like I’m starting brand new. We can do things that we never dreamed that we would be able to.”

Haney teaches an art and media communications class at GRHS that combines art and design principles with technology where the students learn about art, but through technical ways.

In his class students had the opportunity to utilize cameras, sound equipment and editing software to create a short film from start to finish.

Having access to technological devices has made it easier for technology to be introduced in the classroom, Haney noted. Devices, such as iPads, have been credited with increasing academic performances of students.

A study done by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in California found that students who used iPads in the classroom saw math test scores increase by 20 percent in year one.

GRISD issues individual iPads to its Pre-K through third graders, while forth through twelfth graders have access to MacBooks.

GRHS math teacher, Shayla Hoffman uses the MacBook in her classroom and said she has been able it to teach students valuable skills because of it.

Last school year, in her advanced pre-calculus class, the students completed a college loan project where they compared the interest that would be paid if a loan were taken for tuition and fees at two separate universities. The project was an eye-opening experience for the students, many of who will soon be entering college.

“They had no concept [of how much it would cost] and with the MacBook it’s been easier for them to see the real world application,” Hoffman said.

Not only are students able to see real world applications, technology is also having a greater impact on their classroom performances.

A report by IT Opportunities in the Education Market found that 78 percent of K-12 teachers and administrators believed technology has positively impacted the classroom and productivity of students. PBS’s survey also found that 74 percent of teachers said utilizing technology motivated students to learn more.

The following are the dates and times that pick-ups will take place. Due to the start of school activities taking place in August, GRISD will adhere to the below schedule:

Monday, July 25 – Thursday, July 28: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, July 29: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 1 – Thursday, Aug. 4: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 5: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Monday Aug. 8: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday, August 9: No pickup

Wednesday, Aug. 10: 1p.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 11: No pickup

Friday, Aug. 12: No pickup

Monday, Aug. 15 – Wednesday, Aug. 17: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 18: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 19: No pickup

*Portions of this article were first reported March 18 by Melissa Holmes/GRR. 

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Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith

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