Jul 22 2008

Everybody's a Winner

These four schools win wireless labs from CDW•G.

These four schools win wireless labs from CDW•G.

Dorseyville Middle School, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Grades 6–8, 1,042 students

Dorseyville’s students will use the school’s new Lenovo tablets to complete computer-aided design and drafting work. And if that’s not impressive enough for middle school, the students plan to team up with nearby Carnegie Mellon University to help with their Computer Aided Design and Drafting studies. All three grade levels will use the lab on a rotating basis.

Rector A. Jones Middle School, Florence, Ky.

Grades 6–8, 615 students

The new lab at Jones Middle School will not only improve the school’s computer-to-student ratio, but it will also allow students to get the one-on-one attention they need. Teachers plan to use the new wireless lab to provide individual learning programs for students, allowing them to progress at their own pace. Students and staff are excited about the possibilities the new lab will bring.

Springwood School, Lanett, Ala.

Grades pre-K–12, 280 students

Springwood already planned to start a one-to-one tablet program for its high school students in the new school year before it won this wireless lab. Now, the school plans to use the tablet PCs to help middle school students acclimate to what their high school experience will be like. The work will even begin in some of the school’s elementary grades, as teachers there are gearing up new ways to put the mobile lab to work in their classrooms, says principal Teresa Williams.

St. Michael’s School, Cranford, N.J.

Grades pre-K–8, 370 students

When Sandy Miragliotta announced that St. Michael’s School in Cranford, N.J., had won a set of 20 tablet PCs, “you could hear a yell through the whole school,” says computer teacher Ann Oro. The students “absolutely know what they can do with [the PCs],” she says. The private pre-K–8 school currently has only six notebooks in the entire building, Oro says. The new tablets will create a wireless lab on the school’s second floor, complementing the first-floor computer lab. While teachers might not have reacted as vocally as students, Oro says they immediately started brainstorming about new ideas they might implement with the new PCs.