During the 2012-2013 school year, a committee comprised of faculty, administrators and a school board liaison worked to evaluate the viability of a district 1:1 computing program. After several months of internal discussion and public board presentations, a recommendation to proceed with a 1:1 laptop program at Penn Manor High School was unanimously approved at the April 1, 2013 school board meeting. The recommendation called for the program to commence with a pilot during the Fall of 2013. The full building implementation began in January 2014. At that time, each full-time high school student was provided with a personal laptop computer for use throughout the school day and at home.
Parents: We encourage you to read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document: 1to1ParentFAQ.pdf.
News and Press Coverage
Lancaster News covered the initial 1:1 program recommendation: Penn Manor Outlines Laptop Plans.
In January 2014, our student tech team was featured by Lancaster News: Penn Manor students help classmates get tech savvy.
Our program was featured on the Linux Action Show: Season 30, Episode 6.
Slashdot featured our program! High School Students Develop Linux Imaging and Help Desk Software
A lovely article via the Linux Foundation: Pennsylvania high school rolls out 1700 Linux laptops to students.
EdSurge article: The largest non-iPad rollout you’ve never heard of.
BetaNews: Schooled by Linux – 1700 Students get Ubuntu laptops.
It’s F.O.S.S: Pennsylvania high school distributes 1700 Ubuntu laptops to students.
EFYTimes: U.S. high school gives away 1700 Linux laptops to students.
Millersville Advertiser: Penn Manor practices “Ubuntu” with laptop program.
Muktware Interview: PA Champions of Open Source
Lancaster News: PM Distributes 1700 Laptops to Students
Ubuntu Case Study: An Ubuntu PC for Everyone at Penn Manor
Phoenix Technology Solutions: Cutting the High School IT Budget with Linux
Mindshift/KQED: Why aren’t more schools using open source?
815.2 District Issued Laptops – Student Use, Rights, and Responsibilities
815.2. Attachment – Best Practices for Student Laptops
815.2. Attachment – Laptop Missing Stolen Report
1:1 Student Agreement for Laptop Use
All PM Techblog articles related to the program may be found here.
Dr. Gale’s August 2013 letter to families: 1to1 Parent Letter 2013.
The 1:1 program is for and about our students; read our guiding principles.
The 2012-2013 district 1:1 Committee members were:
Tony Carrodo – Penn Manor High School
Lisa May – Penn Manor High School
Emily Lyons – Penn Manor High School
MaryKay Fair – Manor Middle School
Jon Bittenbender – Manor Middle School
Jayne Leitzel – Marticville Middle School
Wayne Martin – Martic Elementary School
Jason Ayer – Hambright Elementary School
Dana Edwards – Manor Middle School Principal
Dr. Phil Gale – Penn Manor High School Principal
Peggy Anastasio – Asst. Director Special Education
Theresa Kreider – Director of Student Services
Vickie Hallock – Elementary Program Coordinator
Cheryl Shaffer – Assistant Superintendent
Johnna Friedman – School Board Liason
Charlie Reisinger – IT Director, Committee Chair