As the 155 students in Matthew Norris’ six math classes begin the school year, each has use of a tablet computer with access to a multitude of programs and the internet, thanks to the Keller Independent School District, HP tablets (opens in new tab), and ClassLink LaunchPad™.
“I am very excited to experience the growth in both student learning and technology skills with the use of these tablets and ClassLink LaunchPad,” said Mr. Norris, 7th grade math teacher, Keller ISD, TX. “This one-to-one initiative expands my ability to differentiate curriculum to engage each and every student in my classroom.”
The use of HP tablets in combination with the mobile technology provided by LaunchPad will help Norris to increase his students’ understanding of technology, increase classroom engagement, differentiate instruction and extend the learning day.
ClassLink LaunchPad allows teachers and students to log in to a customized, dynamic desktop from which all applications can be accessed from any computing device in the school, community or home. The program lightens the workload of the IT staff
since maintenance is done in one central location and also includes a number of embedded classroom management tools, calendaring, and more.
“At Keller we believe that technology is a tool to get at learning," said Joe Griffin, Keller’s Chief Technology Officer."Our focus is always on curriculum and student needs. This new one-to-one initiative, enabled with ClassLink LaunchPad, is all about improving student outcomes.”
In addition to a suite of software products, the company has a specialty in instructional technology professional development and 11 years' experience in implementing virtualization solutions for schools.
“We are excited to be a part of Keller’s one-to one initiative,” said Berj Akian, President, ClassLink. “Students today have grown up using technology; our schools need to more fully incorporate it into their learning environment to engage students and also to create technology savvy workers for our future."