Westfield Public Schools
Westfield Public Schools is proud to offer a 1:1 In School Chromebook Access Program in Grades 5/6 and 7/8 that provides universal access to a Chromebook for every teacher and student in the building during the school day. In addition to greater access to technology, students will receive instructions that build on their existing bank of knowledge and skill set with technology.
Students use of technology will regularly include:
- composing and revising written works,
- creating multimedia presentations to display understanding,
- participating in cooperative learning projects in an online community,
- organizing calendars and school work,
- completing assessments and reviewing feedback, and
- researching and evaluating the validity of sources.
Westfield Public Schools will begin the 2019-2020 school year with extensive training for students as they receive their Chromebooks. Training will include guidance on acceptable use and proper care for the devices.
Beginning in January 2020, the 1:1 In-School Access Program will be implemented with students in Grades 5/6.
To assist families in answering questions relating to the 1:1 In-School Access Program, we have created a Frequently Asked Questions page on this website along with supporting documents to answers questions about our educational goals for this program.
The use of Chromebooks in our classrooms has been an overall success to date. Teacher and student practice throughout the district have been advocating for greater access to Chromebook devices, and the 1:1 In School Chromebook Access Program will allow equitable access of technology to all students. As an educational community, we are using technology in our efforts to improve teaching, learning and how to use technology in purposeful ways, not simply using technology for technology’s sake. Our intent is to use technology to empower and engage students as learners, collaborators, and creators; and realizing that, at times, the best use of technology is for it to be safely placed aside as we engage in face to face discussions, physical movement or problem-solving without technology as a medium.