The Socorro Independent School District is celebrating its successful, ongoing Operation Future Ready efforts, especially the Digitally Nurturing Academics 1:1 laptop program, which gives freshmen students their own laptop to use throughout high school.
“Through Operation Future Ready initiatives, SISD has shifted traditional instruction to modern, digital-age learning,” said Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza. “We are excited to place technology in the hands of more students and will continue to develop tech savvy and globally competitive learners.”
Started in 2014, the DNA program has expanded to all SISD high schools and two middle schools, providing more than 4,000 students a laptop computer to use 24/7 for in-class assignments and homework this year.
“Our DNA 1:1 program reached two milestones this year,” said Miguel Moreno, coordinator of instructional technology in SISD. “This is the first year that SISD freshmen at every high school received a device and also the first year that all students at Socorro High School will have a laptop.”
“Having a laptop has really helped me in school especially now that I’m a senior,” Cobos said. “My grades have improved, turning assignments in is easier, and I have access to researching colleges and universities without going to the public library or staying after school.”
In order to ensure teachers are prepared to use the latest technology and successfully implement digital instruction, the district conducted the 2017 DNA conference “Level Up: Taking Learning to the Next Level” July 26 at Pebble Hills High School.
This year, educators from all high schools, middle schools, and various elementary and K-8 campuses participated in the district’s second technology conference.
The program was first implemented at Socorro High School with 782 freshmen. Over the course of four years, more than 8,500 students at Socorro, Pebble Hills, Americas, El Dorado, Eastlake, Montwood, Mission Early College, and Options High Schools, and SPC. Rafael Hernando III and Salvador H. Sanchez Middle Schools have received a device.