The SWATTEC initiative at the Saugus Union School District is an exciting program targeting fourth grade writing, information literacy, and Internet skills in a technology rich environment. Through funding from an EETT (Enhancing Education Through Technology) grant, every fourth grade student throughout the district receives an ultra-mobile device, more commonly referred to as a "netbook", and engages in collaborative learning through the use of online evaluation, assessment, and social media tools.
We are pleased to report that the results are in and the program has been a huge success! Student proficiency in English/Language Arts on the state test jumped an incredible twenty-four percent (24%) - a greater gain than Saugus has seen in any year since state-wide testing was instituted. Both student and teacher technology literacy also showed impressive gains, and students are more actively engaged and participating in their own learning. The success of the initiative has led the district to consider expanding the program beyond the fourth grade, although funding continues to be a challenge.
In the mean time, many parents and staff members have inquired about the possibility of purchasing a "netbook" with all the Saugus software pre-installed on it to own. Through the SWATTEC Parent Purchase Program, parents and staff members can now take advantage of the district's size and purchasing power to acquire a Saugus approved netbook with all the Saugus software pre-installed at a reduced cost.
To make the purchase process easier, we have partnered with CDW to create a web site to take your order. You may order as many as you like. The netbooks will be shipped to the District office for setup (we will install all of the district software on them) and we will notify you when they are ready to be picked up. The web address is:
A few things to keep in mind:
- We expect delivery by Christmas, however cannot guarantee it. The web site on which orders are placed offers details as to availability at the time of order.
- There is no limit to the quantity purchased
- Students will not be allowed to bring them to school at this time. Laptops are for personal use only.
Thank you for your continued support. Please feel free to contact SUSD IT should you have any questions.
Keywords: Netbook, SWATTEC, SWATTEC Parent Purchase Program
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