1:1 Chromebook Initiative
During the 2020-2021 school, all students in Grades Kindergarten through Grade 12 will have an assigned Chromebook. Students in Grades 7 through 12 will continue to use the one assigned previously. Students in Grades K through 6 will receive one at designated distribution dates in the Fall. While this year's expansion was driven by the COVID crisis and the remote learning needs, it is grounded in our foundational Digital Literacy Vision Statement initiated in 2017:
Through continued and evolving access to digital resources, students are empowered to personalize their learning to master essential content and 21st century skills, both in and outside the classroom. Through the transformative use of technology, Walpole Public Schools creates an interconnected educational community to actively explore and design solutions to real-world matters.
The District Strategic Plan Mission and Vision Statements include a number of guiding beliefs that support this initiative, including ‘students are contributing members to the local community and interconnected global society’, ‘Walpole Public Schools provides students with the tools they need to succeed in a complex global society’; ‘We embrace innovation and technology, and we provide the facilities to support learning’’ Our students learn future ready skills that enable them to be effective communicators, critical and creative thinkers, and problem-solvers’. In addition, the District Strategic Plan Goals and Objectives include:
Provide individualized learning through flexible instructional practice that fosters growth for all students
Utilize qualitative and quantitative data to inform instruction and improve practice
Develop ethical students who value multiple perspectives and demonstrate responsible citizenship
Through the Chromebook 1:1 Initiative, our goal is to move students and teachers towards this vision and meet our objectives. The Chromebooks, combined with Google Apps for Education (G-Suite), will give students the technology tools necessary to communicate, collaborate, create and publish their work in a 21st century learning environment. It will provide them with opportunities to show the relevance and interconnectedness of their knowledge and skills; and allow faculty to use instructional approaches such as blended learning and project based learning to engage students, personalize learning, and extend learning experiences into the global community. The Chromebooks are one of the tools to help support critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and research in our classrooms.