Some Fairfax Co. students receive laptops to start school year

CHANTILLY, Va. — Some Fairfax County students will return to class with a new digital-focused curriculum and a new learning tool in their backpacks.

Fairfax County is rolling out a new technology-focused program called FCPSOn that will, in part, provide laptops to each student at participating schools.

“We are always looking for new ways to enhance learning and ensure that our students are prepared for the world they will step into,” said Superintendent Karen Garza.

“Teachers support them by leveraging technology to assist in both the learning and creation process.”

Schools that are taking part in the program include Chantilly High as well as eight nearby middle and elementary schools. Students will also receive laptops at six other high schools in the Fairfax County Public School system that are part of a technology-related grant run by the Virginia Department of Education.

School officials hope to eventually expand the laptop program. The initial roll out will help “collect data on student learning and teacher professional development, including the successes and challenges.”

Students will also learn how to use technology responsibly.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2012 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He went to George Washington University as an undergraduate and is regularly surprised at the changes to the city since that faraway time.

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