By Andrew Cluley
Every Ann Arbor Public Schools classroom will get new technology next school year thanks to a $6.2 million dollar purchase approved by the Board of Education last night. New laptops, desktops, printers, and iPads are included in the package.
Proceeds from the 2012 Technology Bond will cover the costs of the new equipment. These purchases are the final piece of the initial phase of the ten-year, nearly $46 million Tech Bond.
School Board President Deb Mexicotte says technology is an important delivery tool and educational support necessary to prepare students for college and the work environment. “Technology is infused in our students lives, and for us to make sure they are well supported and well prepared, the commitment of the community was imperative,” Mexicotte says.
Every classroom will benefit from the new equipment, but Executive Director of Instructional Technology Merri Lynn Colligan says that doesn’t mean every room had to get the exact same equipment. “They’ve all had input in terms of what will come into their package as well as the standard platform across every building,” Colligan says. She says the variety of equipment provides diversity that can help in learning and teaching.
The district already made upgrades to the wireless network across the district, and purchased new laptops for teachers and administrators thanks to the Tech Bond.