Next week many students of Estacado High School will arrive on campus briefly during a school holiday for the launch of Estacado’s one-to-one technology initiative.

As part of the program, each student will take home an iPad to assist in their school work. On Monday, January 19, students and their parents will view a short training video before a teacher assists them in setting up their iPad.

The students will keep their iPad until graduation. The district has discussed ways to allow the students to keep their device permanently after graduation, though nothing has been decided yet.

Estacado High School Principal Jimmy Moore said in a press release:

One-to-one means putting an iPad in the hand of every student. It allows us to offer equal access, standardization, easy upgrades, simple networking and the ability to monitor student progress and online behavior.”

A similar program in a Philadelphia-area school led to the Lower Merion School District settling out of court for more than $600,000 after a 15-year-old student filed a civil-rights lawsuit alleging the district remotely monitored him through the use of his laptop’s webcam in 2010.

KFYO reached out to the Lubbock Independent School District concerning the Robbins v. Lower Merion School District case and Chief Technology Officer Terry Driscoll provided the following statement:

The iPad’s at EHS are managed by Lubbock ISD. The devices are filtered at home just as they are at school. LISD has the ability to review the history of web-sites visited and app installations. However, the district does not have the ability to take control or monitor the camera, microphone or screen while away from the campus.”

Estacado students can pick up their iPads beginning at noon on Monday, January 19. Check out will resume after classes on Tuesday.

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