WPS 1:1 Chromebooks
Our WPS 1:1 Initiative
The Watertown Public Schools seeks to promote creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication in teaching and learning for all students. To help infuse 21st century skills into our curriculum, with the input of teachers, parents, students, administrations and other school districts, we have decided to embark on a 1:1 initiative for our students.
- In September 2015, we began giving Chromebooks to 8th grade students to keep with them throughout the day. We started by equipping eighth grade students with Chromebooks throughout the day. The devices did not go home with students.
- In September of 2016, we continued this model with the 7th and 8th grade students but expanded to include ninth and tenth grade students and devices were taken home by the high school grades.
- In September of 2017 the program expanded to include sixth, eleventh and twelfth grade students.
Each student will be held accountable for the well-being of the equipment. Students should do their best to take care of these devices. They should carry them carefully to each class. They should be locked in their locker when not in use. The Chromebooks will have the student’s name on it and students should be diligent in making sure they always have their own device, and that it is fully charged at the beginning of each day.
Having access to the Internet and google will allow students to gather relevant information in order to create, problem solve, collaborate and communicate to a global audience. An insurance option is available for WHS students and WMS students who take their Chromebooks home. We highly encourage all WHS students to purchase insurance each year to reduce costs of repair for families.
Students need to have their contracts signed by both parents and the student and turned in before the start of school.