OHS, OMS host ‘Meet Your Mac’ orientation
Students entering Oxford High School (grades 9-12) and Oxford Middle School (grades 7-8) will receive a Mac Air laptop computer for use with their school work. In preparation, they and their parents will undergo “Meet Your Mac” orientation in early August.
“We believe it is a complicated and sophisticated world,” states the district’s webpage for the One to One Digital Learning Initiative. “We have to prepare our school children to learn and function in a digital world, a world that one day they are going to work in and go to college in. We have to prepare them for the world in which they will grow. As a result of this hard work, we can make certain that as our students go out into the real world, they are creative and innovative, critical thinkers, communicators, problem solvers, collaborators and team players.”
Before students can select a session, they must have completed online registration for school and must pay a $75 technology fee, said district spokesman Kelly Graeber.
Fifteen separate sessions of the two-hour “Meet Your Mac” training are scheduled from next Monday through Aug. 11 for Oxford High School students, including some at night. Registration for the sessions is currently available online at www.oxfordsd.org/1to1.
The school district requires that each student be accompanied by at least one parent or legal guardian for the student to be issued a computer. School officials will share new policies and procedures regarding the computers, along with proper handling of the devices, information on tech support, and how to deal with a damaged, lost or stolen computer.
Students will receive their laptops and new backpack, specifically designed to carry the laptop and student IDs, at the end of the completed session.
Oxford Middle School students will register online, Aug. 11-15, for the Meet Your Mac sessions scheduled for Aug. 22, 23, 25 and 27. As with high school students, an orientation session is mandatory for each OMS student and at least one parent or guardian.