The Wilmington Area School District is on the verge of becoming a Google Reference District for schools that are leaders in technology.
Each student in kindergarten through 12th grade will have their own personal electronic device this year. This is a first for any district in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania.
There are only 500 school districts in the world that have been designated a Google Reference District. This honor is by invitation only, and highlights those districts that are leaders in the use of technology for education.
Every student from kindergarten to fourth grade will be provided with an iPad tablet for daily use in school. Chromebook laptop computers will be provided for students in grades 5-12, which can be taken home at night and used for homework.
Previously, the number of Chromebooks was limited and classes had to take turns during the school day.
According to Superintendent Dr. Jeffrey Matty, the district has been preparing for the one on one technology rollout by saving money over several years, thus it will not be a financial burden. In a "soft rollout" last spring, Chromebooks were provided to students in fifth through ninih grades.