The long awaited day for San Saba High School students to receive their Apple Macbooks came on Tuesday, August 24, 2010. The students attended a general session from 8:00 – 9:00 am where they viewed podcasts and iMovies made in the prior school year by SSHS students. These projects were made with just one Macbook per classroom, so the students were challenged to take their excellent work further in the coming year when every student, approximately 200 laptops would be present on campus and in the hands of each student. At the opening session, students were addressed by a guest speaker from the Apple Corporation. Mr. Darrell Lynn, who is the Creator and Developer of Apple’s 1 to 1 Program; he is a former Educator and Computer Scientist. He challenged students and teachers to reach new heights in teaching and learning by using their Macs in daily instruction.
After the opening sessions, students received their laptops in sessions organized by grade levels. The mighty seniors were the first to get their computers. While the seniors were getting their laptops, the juniors, sophomores, and freshmen students were in sessions on discipline, internet safety, and viewing videos on use and care of the Macs. Students form Middle School and High School were treated to a hamburger cook on the practice field sponsored by the SSISD Food Service Department and several very gracious volunteers.
On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, all high school students attended a Technology Academy where they were taught all of the applications/programs available on the Macs. Teachers were the presenters since they have been provided professional development through out the prior year on using the Macs and how to best integrate the technology in the classroom.
Students and teachers will be using an online program called "My Big Campus" where teachers will post assignments and students will electronically deliver their assignments to the teachers.
Technology is ever changing; with this said, nothing replaces a quality teacher in the classroom. Fortunately, San Saba ISD is blessed with wonderful teachers willing to take on this technology challenge to better prepare the students of San Saba ISD for the changing world.
The San Saba High School Laptop Project is funded by the Vision 2020 Grant that was awarded to San Saba High School in August 2009. This project would not have been possible without the expert skills of Technology Director, Milly Summy and her Tech Team, Judy McCoy and Colleen Womack.