North Lake Technology Page:
The decision to move 1:1 has been a purposeful and ongoing process that began in 2015. In preparation for this transition, North Lake School District has provided teachers with their own Chromebooks and student Chromebook carts so that they could begin the process of becoming experts at integrating technology into their classrooms. The goal for this year is to start all 7th – 12th grade students with their own Chromebook. We have identified 5 reasons to begin this transition to 1:1 Chromebooks for our students:
- 1:1 devices will ensure that all students have access to curriculum and supporting resources. This is important as more and more curriculum resources are digital.
- 1:1 devices will ensure that all students have equitable access to productivity tools. Many of these tools are now available through North Lake’s Google Domain where students can access their documents at any time from any place with Internet access.
- 1:1 technology allows students to experience critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication with their teachers and peers both locally and globally.
- 1:1 gives teachers the ability to differentiate more effectively and proactively based on student need.
- 1:1 devices will provide equitable access to technology for all students, eliminating the digital divide.
We will also be assigning a large classroom Chromebook set to be shared by 5th and 6th grade students but this will not happen until about October.
To start out, all Chromebooks will remain at school, as we take some time to teach students how to care for, and how to get the best use from them. This may change as soon as January or we may decide to keep them here the whole year and implement a take-home process next year. There are a few hurdles that will need to be addressed before we can send Chromebooks home with students. We will have to implement an insurance program, breakage policy, find a way to give students portable internet access when needed, and come up with acceptable use monitoring while off campus.