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587 Lincoln School students receive Panasonic 3E tablet devices
Lincoln School students complete their computer settings after receiving them on Wednesday. - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO

Wednesday was Lincoln Elementary School’s turn for the Great Deployment.

“Today is pretty much a play day,” said Manteca Unified Superintendent Jason Messer as he walked around the school cafeteria videotaping the deployment – school district parlance for distribution – of the new Panasonic 3E computers to all 587 students at the Home of the Raiders campus.

It was the second day of digital deployment. The official launching was held at French Camp School and Manteca High on Tuesday. Both schools were chosen for that honor because they are the district’s oldest schools currently in operation.

The first order of business for the students as soon as they received their computers was to learn how to log to it, make the necessary settings, and learn how to navigate the different programs that came with the learning devices; hence Messer’s description of how the day was like at the school.

The digital deployment practically took all day, with administrative and teaching staff, along with some of the district’s support technicians and Panasonic personnel assisting the students in navigating the digital pathways built into their computers.

It was an organized deployment, with each classroom accompanied by their teaching taking turns going into the cafeteria to receive their devices. After completing all the necessary settings on their Panasonic 3E devices, the students’ computer play time continued in their classrooms with the help of their respective teachers.

Deployment of the computers will continue through February when all of the portable devices will be distributed to all 23,000 students in the district.

Going Digital is Manteca Unified’s $30 million program whose aim is to bring the latest technology to every student to help them become competitive in the 21st-century’s increasingly challenging world of learning and work force.