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About the Laptop Learning Program
The Penn Manor laptop learning program was unanimously approved at the April 1, 2013 school board meeting. During the 2013-2014 academic year all full-time high school students received a laptop for use throughout the school day and at home. The program expanded to middle school students in March 2015.
An elementary laptop pilot program began in the fall of 2017, and expanded to all students in grades 5 and 6 in August 2018, Grade 4 students were added in 2019. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, grades 1-3 received laptops in August 2020.
Student laptops ran the Linux operating system (Ubuntu) for more than 10 years. As of fall 2022, most students are now using Chromebooks. Student technology has changed but our guiding principles remain the same.
The following teachers, staff, and administrators comprised the 2012 committee on student technology:
Johnna Friedman – School Board Liaison, Committee Co-Chair
Charlie Reisinger – Director of Technology, Committee Co-Chair
Tony Carrodo – Penn Manor High School
Lisa May – Penn Manor High School
Emily Lyons – Penn Manor High School
MaryKay Fair – Manor Middle School
Jon Bittenbender – Manor Middle School
Jayne Leitzel – Marticville Middle School
Wayne Martin – Martic Elementary School
Jason Ayer – Hambright Elementary School
Dr. Dana Edwards – Manor Middle School Principal
Dr. Phil Gale – Penn Manor High School Principal
Dr. Peggy Anastasio – Asst. Director Special Education
Dr. Theresa Kreider – Director of Student Services
Vickie Hallock – Elementary Program Coordinator
Dr. Cheryl Shaffer – Assistant Superintendent