"The Texas Immersion Pilot (TIP) was initiated in 2003 by the Texas Legislature to immerse schools in technology by providing tools, training, and support for teachers to fully integrate technology into their classrooms (Shaply, Sheehan, Maloney, & Caranikas-Walker, 2008). Twenty-three school districts across the state participate in the TIP project. A major goal of TIP is to increase students’ academic achievement through technology immersion. Technology immersion consists of providing participating teachers and students with key technology resources, including a laptop computer, various hardware/software packages, ongoing professional development, and on-demand technical support (The Texas Immersion Pilot, 2006). As of 2008, the Texas Immersion Pilot has reached approximately 14,399 students and 755 teachers in 29 schools across 23 different school districts."