Newport-Mesa USD

Chromebook Initiative

Welcome to NMUSD's Chromebook Initiative website!

In Fall 2016, Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) launched the Chromebook Initiative program in the Estancia Zone. The first year of the program provides students in grades K-7 with access to Chromebooks, with grades 3-7 being a 1:1 environment. Traditional computer labs are being replaced with mobile technology and devices in the classroom. This Initiative is in various stages depending on the school zone. (See below for more information).

With more devices in their hands, students will learn the benefits that technology has to offer by fine-tuning their foundational research skills, storing their projects and activities in the cloud, and sharing ideas in a safe and supportive online environment.

This initiative has lead to increased use of technology in the classroom, with students using it for research, collaboration and to create new and exciting works, while teachers are finding new ways to engage students both in groups and individually. As professional development for staff is crucial part of the initiative, Educational Technology Department has been providing training on best practices for using Chromebooks as an instructional tool, support for initial setup and lesson design using a co-teaching model and customized trainings based on skill level of staff. Digital Fellows and site technology coordinators at the schools also continue to provide support.

What is Included in the Chromebook Initiative?

  • Kindergarten - 2nd grade: One shared classroom set of Chromebooks per grade level. Each classroom also receives 6 Chromebooks. Chromebooks remain at the school.
  • 3rd - 4th grade: One set of Chromebooks per class (1:1). Chromebooks remain at the school.
  • 5th - 8th grades: In fifth grade students are assigned a Chromebook that they take home and keep until 9th grade. For the initial launch of the initiative all students in grades fifth through seventh were assigned a Chromebook.
  • 9th Grade: Students will be assigned a Chromebook in 9th grade that they take home and keep until they graduate. For the Initiative, 9th graders will receive Chromebooks in Year 2.

Students that are assigned Chromebooks to be taken home follow a similar approach to when textbooks are checked out from the library. They are responsible for ensuring the safe handling and charging of their Chromebooks. See below for when Initiative timelines in each zone.

For more information about the Chromebook Initiative please contact edtech@nmusd.us

CB Initiative Implementation Slide