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Posted December 16, 2014

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Santa Visits E.G. Ross, Highland with Bag Full of Tablets

Students and teachers who piloted Kuno Tablets at the two schools loved them so much that they were donated by Promethean, TIG and the APS Education Foundation.

In partnership with Promethean and TIG, APS piloted class sets of Kuno Tablets at schools across the district this fall.

Kunos are heavy-duty Windows tablets that can function as a small laptop but also have apps and other learning tools.

The pilot was set up to help APS prepare for a future one-to-one device program and to ultimately determine the quality of the device, the ease of use, level of engagement of students using the devices and determine any issues such as wireless access, broken/lost/stolen devices and student safety.

The pilot ended Dec. 1 and the devices were removed from the schools. Two classrooms had particularly successful experiences with these devices and the student level of engagement soared! Students wrote letters, sent photos and posters, asking for their Kunos to be returned as they loved them so much and wanted them back.  

Holly Hagen, the Promethean representative for APS, responded and with the help of the APS Education Foundation donated all 100 of the pilot devices to the classrooms at E.G. Ross Elementary and Highland High for permanent use in those classes.

Jim Lujan from TIG, Margie Maes, and Jeannie Arnold  and Jami Jacobson from APS Curriculum and Instruction played Santa on Friday, Dec. 12, surprising teachers, students and principals at both schools with a special delivery.

"We had lots of tears and laughter and we now have some very happy students," said Jacobson, the executive director of Curriculum and Instruction.

Students in Esther Saavedra-Lucero's fourth grade class at E.G. Ross, and Debbie Cline's marketing and DECA classes at Highland are using these devices to transform their learning.

Thanks to Promethean, TIG and to the APS Education Foundation for making this happen.

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