Local businesses support Ready 1:1, provide free Wi-Fi for students

Transforming teaching and learning to meet the needs of 21st-century students, the new GISD Ready initiative provides interactive instruction, collaborative classrooms and digital resources. Ready 1:1 also equips every secondary student with a personal iPad. Rolling out this fall, the devices are a direct result of the district's Strategic Plan and were funded by the GISD Bond 2014 program.

More than 17,500 iPads will be distributed to high school students from September-October. Nearly 13,000 will be distributed to middle schoolers in 2017. While they provide fingertip access to textbooks, educational applications and the Internet, the district wants to ensure students can continue their learning outside of the school building. The GISD Ready Wi-Fi Partners program does exactly that.

"We are excited to partner with local businesses interested in providing free Wi-Fi access to our students," said Chief Technology Officer Laurie Vondersaar. "We hope to create an anytime, anywhere learning environment across our tri-cities."