As part of Miami-Dade County Schools’ massive digital transformation project, Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho announced Thursday a rollout of 100,000 HP and Lenovo Windows 8 devices by August. Beginning this spring, 13,000 elementary school students, along with 15,000 7th grade civics students and 9th grade world history students will get devices. Additionally, more than 10,000 interactive boards will be added to classrooms across the district.
Microsoft Corp. will provide Office 365 for all district students to use. Microsoft will also provide Skydrive, a cloud-based information storage system, as well as technical services that ensure the district’s educational materials will run properly on wireless devices. Students will have a single sign-on that will allow them to access their device, the network and applications all with one login.
“Technology, by itself, is not going to close the achievement gap between the rich and the poor, a gap that threatens so many of our minority students,” said Carvalho, during a Microsoft YouthSpark Connection panel in Miami, where the digital divide was discussed. “But when technology is used correctly, we have seen powerful results in our very own technology-rich iPrep Academies, for example, with better test scores and increased employment opportunities.”