In August 2016 district voters approved a bond issue to fund a multi-year plan to implement 1:1 computing for secondary school students. This will eventually provide a Chromebook to each middle school and high school student for use both at school and at home.
In the 2016-2017 pilot year, 13 carts with 20 to 35 Chromebooks have been provided to the students in all 10th, 11th, and 12th Grade English classrooms. The students and teachers are using G Suite for Education along with the Canvas Learning Management System in their lessons.
Beginning in January 2017, 9-12 faculty members have been eligible for instructional equipment rewards for completing online training on the Canvas Learning Management System via KUNGFUCANVAS.ORG.
Similar programs will be offered to 6-8 faculty in 2018-2019 before Chromebooks are distributed to middle school students the following school year.
In August 2017 all freshmen will receive a Chromebook for use at school and home. The district is prepared to deal with the accidental damage that may occur. Parents will be able to purchase an insurance plan to help cover Chromebook repairs, and there will be an on-site Chromebook repair and support program at the high school, manned by trained students and an instructor. The Chromebooks program will expand to grades 9-12 in 2018-2019, and to grades 6-12 in 2019-2020.
Our elementary schools will begin offering Project Lead the Way Launch STEM modules in 2017-2018. We will ensure each school has a compatible iPad cart via a Challenge Grant from the Bartlesville Public School Foundation and other sources. We expect to need a second iPad cart at each elementary school in 2018-2019 as additional STEM modules are added. In later years, additional iPad and/or Chromebook carts will be provided to expand use of devices in the elementary classrooms. Unlike the secondary school Chromebooks, the elementary devices will be school-based and not checked out to individual students.
Technology advances quickly, so this timeline and plan structure is subject to change in order to maximize instructional effectiveness and efficiency.
Granger Meador has created a customized user guide for the Dell Chromebooks now in use at Bartlesville High School:
The online version of the guide can be continually updated as needed.
In the fall of 2016 each of the English classrooms in grades 10-12 received a cart of 20-35 Chromebooks for student use. The teachers in those rooms, along with the site's teacher technology assistants, also received one of the Chromebooks for their use.
By June 2017 all BHS teachers and administrators will receive a Chromebook. This will help them prepare for 2017-18 when all freshman students will be checked out a Chromebook and for 2018-19 when all 9-12 grade students will be checked out a Chromebook.
On the January 16 inservice day, all BHS teachers of freshman classes will attend an 80-minute training with Mr. Meador and English teacher Jen Ward on the Canvas Learning Management System. Other BHS teachers can sign up for a later 80-minute session of that same training.
Afterward, the district will publish a Kung Fu Canvas course. Once teachers in grades 9-12 earn their first belt in that course, they will receive their Chromebook. Teachers who go on to earn additional belts in Kung Fu Canvas can earn a carrying case, mouse, and other Chromebook accessories.
All 13 Chromebook Carts for the pilot stage of the district's 1:1 computing initiative have now been deployed. Almost all sophomores, juniors, and seniors will gain experience using the Chromebooks for class assignments and activities since every dedicated English and Language Arts classroom in grades 10-12 received a cart.*
The following 10th-12th grade English and Language Arts teachers received carts of 35 Chromebooks for their students to use in class during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years:
Additional carts with 20 Chromebooks were distributed to the following teachers in Special Education and Bruin Academy:
A special thanks to the following teachers for their after-school efforts in helping get the carts ready:
*Severe and Profound (Intellectually Disabled and Multihandicapped) special education classes, which already have dedicated iPads, did not receive Chromebook carts in this initial deployment.
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