The Power of Chromebooks Part II

1:1 in the 4th & Final Quarter

As the last Chromebook is delivered to Seisen Elementary School, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on our 1:1 implementation plan and roll-out.  

It is not without the support and backing of an entire team does an implementation plan and roll out like this happen.  Be sure to have a plan in place.

The effective integration of ICT enhances the learner’s opportunity to connect globally and to explore different perspectives to understand evolving cultural and social norms. (IBO, 2011)

After a successful pilot scheme with grade three students back in November, it was decided to proceed with our elementary school initiative.  It was evident from staff and student feedback that Chromebooks were having an impact in the classroom and that action was required to make an impact throughout the elementary school as a whole.  Staff noticed that the need to reserve and check-out devices were lessening.  Chromebooks were accessible and on-hand when staff and students wanted them. It was becoming clear that in doing so, we were integrating technology and empowering students along the way.

From November to February, based on feedback and in-line with a school roll-out plan, Chromebooks were placed into grades four and five.  By this time, staff noticed that MacBooks were being used less for Google Apps for Education and more for Garageband and iMovie - this was great, staff and students were making choices between hardware and software.

ICT includes a variety of approaches to help connect learners within both the local and global community in order to empower learning. Learners’ awareness, use and appreciation of different ICT knowledge, skills and platforms should be developed. Furthermore, students should be encouraged to recognize that competency in ICT is a valuable life skill. (IBO, 2011)

The academic year ended with grade four being 1:1 and we were all but complete.  We would have to wait until after the summer vacation.  In the meantime, our grade six Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme had successfully launched to parents, with two parent information meetings. Could we dare to believe that, come September, we might we 1:1 in grades three through six?!

Back-to-school and the final batch of Chromebooks were on order and with a confirmed shipping date the dream of being 1:1 was slowly becoming a reality.   Meanwhile, in grade six, Ms. Naini, Mr O'shea, Mr Hughes and of course grade six students' were getting underway with BYOD.

This year we are making the switch to an online platform for student portfolios.  If you would like to implement such an initiative and would like to connect, as always tweet me or send me and email.  Leave a comment and share success.

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