As computer technology becomes increasingly important in our daily lives—from emailing and Facebooking to researching and Photoshopping — we feel that the Sag Harbor School District is commendable in charging forward with their laptop program. Although most of us here graduated high school without the use of the Internet (some of us without computers at all) we do realize how crucial a tool this has become in the 21st Century. And as an ever-growing medium we feel it is necessary for our children to graduate with a complete understanding of the technology that will help them be successful in the work force.
Not only will this give our kids a greater understanding of a variety of software, but the use of computers in the classroom has been linked to higher test scores, most likely because the information is made readily available. And let’s face it — much faster to access.Â
In the “real world,” we rely on computers in so much of our day and we would like to make sure that students at the high school have the same exposure to this opportunity.
With the experience kids will get from using the laptops, they will be better prepared for the future.
We also feel that the leasing program seems to be the best option for the school. (We’re even considering it for our office.) With the replacement of computer technologies moving at such a fast pace, we acknowledge that these laptops will quickly become outdated. By leasing the equipment it seems it will provide the school with consistently new and updated equipment and provide better insurance opportunities.
We believe the school district is on the right track with this one and that this is money well spent.
On the other hand, we also learned this week that 12 staff cell phones are costing the district nearly $17,000. We feel there is surely some investigating to be done in this area.