Digital Jackson rolls out first devices to students
Jackson County, January 10, 2015
A Jackson County School District group formed to help close an achievement gap between disadvantaged students through the use of technology has begun the classroom rollout of a $2.25 million initiative to put portable computers in the hands of every student. Digital Jackson – Students and Teachers Achieving with Technology (DJ-STAT) on Wednesday brought Intel Education 2 in 1 devices to Grand Ridge School students in kindergarten through third-grade classes. The young pupils became the District’s first to receive the combination tablets/laptops.
“We are pleased that our students will have the latest in technology,”
– Superintendent Steve Benton said in a prepared statement.
“Research says this will increase engagement and student achievement.” At the October Jackson County Chamber of Commerce First Friday event, DJ-STAT coordinator and director of Federal Programs for the District Michael Kilts extolled the District’s early adoption of the State-mandated tech initiative.
“We are educating your future workforce.” And soon more members of that future workforce will have new tablets/laptops at their disposal. Technology staffers were set to distribute devices at other District elementary schools in the days following the Grand Ridge rollout. Older students will also get the new learning tools, and unlike the younger set, they’ll be able to take their devices home with them. Distribution for grades 4–8 is expected later this year, grades 9–12 in 2016.