TAHLEQUAH, Oklahoma -- Sequoyah students are enjoying a different kind of apple than the red, shiny fruit long associated with teachers and education. The Apples that process information are becoming a part of Sequoyah Schools' daily education plan.
Sequoyah Technology Education Program, or STEP, started this week at the Tahlequah-based school that is operated by the Cherokee Nation. The school purchased more than 400 Apple laptop computers for students and teachers to use.
"Technology will allow us to create more engaging and compelling learning opportunities for the students," said Rita Bunch, Sequoyah Schools' superintendent. "We want our students to have the 21st century skills that will prepare them to be college and career ready when they graduate."
"In January, all of our teachers will begin using the laptops to integrate technology into their lessons on a regular basis," Bunch said.
While the addition of 400 white, 13-inch laptops to the campus is the most obvious, it is in not the most impressive technological resource to the school. The campus has undergone an extensive fiber optic renovation to allow each of its buildings to have wireless internet and increased broadband width to allow for faster file transfers and file storage.
"This will allow our students to utilize their computers to their fullest capability," Bunch said.