Next fall, Lithonia, Redan and Stone Mountain middle school students will be among more than 8,000 in DeKalb County schools who will receive their textbooks loaded onto Lenovo netbooks.
School Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson made that announcement in her annual State of the System address on Monday, Dec. 3.
Along the Stone Mountain and Lithonia students, those at Chamblee, Cedar Grove, Peachtree, and Tucker middle schools will also receive the Lenovo netbooks.
While only 38 percent of DeKalb's schools are fully wireless, by the fall, the district will have completed an aggressive technology plan to get make all 138 campuses wireless.
The remainder of the district's middle schools and high schools will transition to one-to-one technology in phases through August 2014. In addition, all 5,908 DCSD classrooms are scheduled to be equipped with interactive boards by January 2014. Currently, interactive boards are in 4,050 classrooms.
“The fact is that we must create environments that will engage and inspire our digital natives,” said Atkinson. “Our schools, like many across the nation, have technology that is woefully behind that of the private sector. Thanks to funds allocated from the Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax, or SPLOST, we have an incredibly aggressive plan that supports the intellectual complexity of
our 99,000 children."