The mission of The Academies at Jonesboro High School in Jonesboro, Arkansas is to provide a high quality, research-based education for all students in order to equip them with the essential skills necessary to be successful in today’s changing global community. Through strong partnerships with business and community stakeholders, the Academies at Jonesboro High School ensures high achievement in all subjects through an expanded curriculum and the use of data-driven methods to evaluate and implement proven instructional strategies.
The Academies at Jonesboro High School is the largest school in
the area with approximately 1,200 students. It features an active
learning environment that is mostly project-based and group-focused.
It also has a strong AP program and offers students
many sports and extracurricular activities.
As part of the school’s learning initiative, each student at
Jonesboro uses a MacBook Air device for schoolwork. But
because Jonesboro is located in a low-income, urban area, there
were concerns with theft and security of the MacBooks outside
of school. Some students expressed concern about bringing the
At the same time, the school infrastructure was outdated and
didn’t have the electrical outlets needed to charge the devices.
Jonesboro students and faculty needed a place to safely store
and charge the MacBooks both during and outside school hours.
During ISTE 2015, Bretford® received the “Best of Show” award
for its TechGuard™ Charging Lockers. The Jonesboro team
had a concept in mind that was very similar and when they saw
the Bretford lockers at this show, they realized that no others
TechGuard Lockers provide a personal charging experience for
storing, securing, and charging individual laptops, tablets, and
phones. Each locker is equipped to hold a 15.5-inch laptop, 10-
inch tablet, and phone, with the ability to charge them all at once
regardless of the brand. Each TechGuard Locker bay provides
complete control over device security–Jonesboro students can
simply set a personalized four-digit code using the digital keypad
and walk away.
A row of traditional school lockers replaced with 250 TechGuard
Charging Lockers. All students received simple instructions on
how to operate the lockers and then they were made available for
use on a first-come first-served basis.
Return on Investment
During the school year, the TechGuard lockers are used primarily
during the lunch hour, but many students also use them before
and after school when they are there for athletics and other
activities. Some students keep their MacBooks in the TechGuard
lockers overnight if they are uncomfortable bringing them
home. The students using the lockers report that they feel more
prepared because their MacBook is always charged and ready
for use. Others claim the lockers are a secure place to store their
MacBooks when they are not in school.
Additionally, the IT department uses the TechGuard Lockers
throughout the summer months to charge the MacBooks while
they are being cleared and reloaded for the incoming students.
The TechGuard Lockers have begun to replace traditional lockers
at Jonesboro and this is expected to continue. In fact, a plan is
in place to add another 250 TechGuard Lockers near the media
center to accommodate their increasing use and popularity.