Lexington County School District One began its Personal Mobile Computing initiative during the 2010–2011 school year.
In 2011–2012, the district expanded that program to all high schools, and, in 2012–2013, the district expanded the program to middle school students. Beginning in 2014, the initiative expanded to include two Elementary schools.
The district feels strongly that its Personal Mobile Computing initiative is not about the tool used. It is about what Personal Mobile Computing devices enable our students to do.
The devices give students access to the most current information available through the internet and to the district’s Learning Management System 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Students electronically complete and turn in assignments, homework, projects, or research, while interactive applications help them improve their reading fluency, build mathematics skills, or create their own study cards.
We have not eliminated textbooks as not all textbook publishers provide electronic copies of all textbooks, and that is not our primary objective. Teachers are able to supplement material found in textbooks, however, with information they create using various multimedia or with information already available online.
With these devices, students acquire the digital competence they need for our increasingly electronic and technology driven world. They learn the essential skills they will need as consumers, citizens, and workers.
We believe in providing students with the tools they need to support their learning and to prepare them for higher education opportunities and careers.
When students receive personal mobile computing devices, the district provides certain apps that help provide students with a safe working environment and smooth experience. Students must leave these district-provided apps on the device unless otherwise instructed by the district. Students are only able to download district approved apps and extensions.