Oklahoma City Working with Dell to Install Mobile Computing Labs in Schools

— November 29, 2006

Oklahoma City Public Schools, the City of Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area Public Schools Trust are working with Dell to install two mobile computer labs at each of the district's 79 schools, giving educators much-needed flexibility to juggle computing resources during a comprehensive building improvement project.

Oklahoma City Public Schools selected Dell to provide a $3.5 million solution comprised of 1,920 Dell Latitude D620 notebook computers, which will be integrated with mobile carts. Each cart acts as a portable computer lab, featuring 12 notebooks and wireless access point.

“Given our large-scale remodeling projects, any technology updates to our schools must be extremely flexible,” said Terry Wolfe, senior facilities officer of Oklahoma City Public Schools. “Dell understood our needs and delivered not only a solution that can move and grow as we do, but also a training package that will help us maximize our return on investment.”

After conducting an initial “train the trainer” session to help key OKCPS personnel learn how to integrate wireless technology into the classroom, Dell will provide a full-time, onsite consultant to provide ongoing support to educators for the first six months of the rollout. The consultant will also work with OKCPS to develop best practices and standards for the district.

“Oklahoma City Public Schools is a district committed to keeping its facilities and curriculum current for generations to come,” said Karen Bruett, vice president of Dell's K-12 education business. “We are proud they've recognized Dell as the right partner to help their teachers and students prepare for the teaching and working environments of the digital economy.”

MAPS for Kids, a $690 million sales tax and school bond initiative, will allow every Oklahoma City Public Schools student to attend a new or renovated school by 2012. It will also provide academic programs for building 21st century skills.

To further equip students with 21st century skills, OKCPS has also begun participating in the Dell TechKnow program, a 40-hour after-school program providing underserved middle school students with an opportunity to earn a home computer and learn technology skills that promote self-esteem, academic success and help prepare them for today's technology-driven world.

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