February 15, 2013
Dear Current and Future Parents of District 207 Students:
On February 4, 2013 the Board of Education approved a plan for next year that will prepare our students for an increasingly digital world of resources and information. Instead of filling their backpacks with expensive, heavy, print textbooks, freshman and sophomore students will instead purchase a lightweight Chromebook computer along with electronic books for select courses. This shift will save families hundreds of dollars during the four years of high school, while providing access to the digital world of resources.
For the past seven years, we have been preparing ourselves for this new way of teaching and learning. We are excited at the possibilities that this presents for our students. The Chromebook will be purchased from the district at booksales as a single purchase or through an option of four equal payments spread over the school year. The savings by shifting from select print textbooks to less expensive digital books will offset the cost of the Chromebook over time. We have posted a video on the website http://tinyurl.com/207chromebooks which explains why we made this decision, how it is cost effective, information about the Chromebook, and how this program will work. Other information will be posted as it becomes available.
We have prepared a list of answers to questions that may be helpful for parents which can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/1to1Faqs
We are looking forward to this challenge for us to create better opportunities for all of our students.
Dr. Kenneth Wallace
Superintendent of Schools
Teachers and Students at Maine East Talk about 1:1 Next Year
Internet Devices are Awesome - Maine South
Introduction to the Maine 207 1:1 Program