In August 2007, the North Carolina General Assembly recognized the value of laptop technology as a means to preparing North Carolina's most disadvantaged students for the demands of a modern workplace and a 21st century economy, and passed House Bill 1473, The North Carolina 1:1 Learning Initiative.
The Initiative, with the assistance of public and private institutions, is bridging the digital and pedagogical divide by leveraging the power of technology for predominantly low-income, minority students through access to a laptop computer for every student and teacher, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Leveraging technology, inside and outside of school boundaries, can have a tremendous impact on how and what students learn, increased student engagement, and higher achievement.
Eight schools across the state, in areas with high economic distress, have adopted the North Carolina 1:1 Learning Initiative:
- Davidson Early College High School, Lexington (Davidson County)
- Edgecombe Early College High School, Tarboro (Edgecombe County)
- Macon Early College High School, Franklin (Macon County)
- Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School, Rocky Mount (Nash County)
- Rutherford Early College High School, Spindale (Rutherford County)
- Sandhoke Early College High School, Raeford (Hoke County)
- Wayne Early College High School, Goldsboro (Wayne County)
- Hunt High School, Wilson (a traditional high school) (Wilson County)
The following organizations have worked together with NCNSP to make the program possible:
- The Golden Leaf Foundation is providing funding for the student laptops for each pilot school.
- SAS, Inc. is providing teacher laptops for the pilot schools as well as professional development on their learning tools, Curriculum Pathways and EVAAS.
- The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, on the campus of the North Carolina State University, provides independent project evaluation and face-to-face and online professional development for teams from each of the pilot schools.
- North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides financial oversight and lessons learned from other technology projects implemented across the state.
Toward One-to-One Readiness
One-to-One: Lessons Learned
Research Highlights from Evaluation Studies in NC Schools Implementing Technology Immersion Initiatives