Nampa rolls out school tech initiative

Some 2,000 high school students will receive laptop computers this week, as the Nampa School District rolls out a personalized learning initiative.

Columbia High School students can pick up their laptops through Thursday. The school will be open at 6 p.m. each evening for students who want to get their computers.

During these evening sessions, staff will offer lessons in digital citizenship and acceptable computer use, and parents will have the option of buying insurance for the computers.

In September and October, the rollout moves to Central, Endeavor, Lake Ridge, New Horizons and Willow Creek elementary schools, as 2,700 students receive individual iPads.

Over the next three to four years, Nampa plans to distribute devices to every student and teacher. A supplemental levy, passed in November, earmarked $3.5 million for Nampa’s personalized learning initiative.

Video: Nampa district Superintendent David Peterson speaks about the personalized learning initiative.