Tech plan will put laptops into the hands of Perrysburg students

A growing number of districts are issuing laptops to students.

Students in Perrysburg will soon get some quality "one-to-one" tech time.

Perrysburg Schools says it will begin its technology pilot program in the Fall of 2013 for all students in grades five, eight, and nine. Through the program, each student is provided with a laptop for use during the school day and at home each night.

The initiative, designed after programs already in place in various other local school districts, will be evaluated during the course of the school year to determine its effectiveness. The district hopes to outfit all students in grades 5-12 with laptops by the 2015-16 school year.

"The state is requiring Ohio school districts to administer all reading, language arts and mathematics standardized tests online to students in grades 3-12 by 2014-15," said Perrysburg Schools Superintendent Tom Hosler. "We need to make sure our students are prepared for this challenge as soon as possible."

Central Catholic, St. John's Jesuit, Eastwood, and Defiance are among the other area schools and districts with one-to-one technology programs in place.

Come August, ninth graders in Perrysburg will receive MacBook Air laptops. Fifth and eighth graders will be issued Samsung Chromebooks. And the cost? All together, the new devices will amount to about 1.5% of the district's operating budget, or just over $563,000.

"We're very serious about preparing students to be career and college-ready, and this is the next step," Hosler stated.

Parents interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to attend meetings being held by the district May 16 at Perrysburg Junior High. Parents of incoming eighth graders will meet at 6 p.m. while parents of incoming fifth graders will meet at 7:30 p.m.