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1:1 Vision Reaching Fruition
Next week, students in grades 9-12 will be receiving a Lenovo Chromebook if the requested parent/student agreement has been signed. The goal of the 1:1 Chromebook is to create a learning environment that is consistent with advances in technology and facilitates resource sharing, critical thinking, innovation, research, creativity, communication, collaboration, increased productivity, and mobile learning.
To support this shift in instruction and learning, Sun Valley has a full-time technician who is available during scheduled office hours to assist students with technical issues or hardware repairs. In addition, an Instructional Technology Facilitator (ITF) is on-site two days each week to assist teachers and students with the utilization of the Chromebooks for instruction.
Instructional Technology Facilitators will work alongside teachers to help implement Google Apps as well as additional educational apps that are available to both teachers and students. They will provide technology instruction and assistance for teachers and students in order to support the 21st century classroom. As emphasized by Suzanne McMahan (ITF Sun Valley High and Middle), “Union County students and teachers have such a unique opportunity to engage in real-world learning and teaching! Having access to authentic data and being able to collaborate in real-time are just two ways student learning will be significantly impacted. I am excited about seeing the great things teachers and students will be able to accomplish in the classroom due to this initiative!”
While conventional teaching methods will still be used, the ability to access content at any time will help acclimate students to the global shift in education. This initiative will provide a more personalized learning approach (“My Size Fits Me”), one that uses technologies to tailor educational curriculum, instruction, and student support according to the needs and aspirations of each learner. It will help students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to responsibly navigate in this emerging modern world.
The Chromebook utilizes cloud-based storage, web applications, and Google Apps for Education programs. Chromebooks are designed to download online web applications as opposed to installing programs. These apps will be available to students from the UCPS apps locker. Classroom information, including homework, can be accessed through web sites maintained by the teachers, and Google accounts kept by students can be accessed anywhere with all the information they need.
Teachers have been attending professional development sessions aimed at using technology to enhance the learning process. In the past few years, teachers have been utilizing Google Apps with their classes in order to familiarize students with online collaborative learning.
The Union County School Board approved a $25 annual technology fee to assist in maintaining and developing current technology services. This fee can be paid at the school or online through the school’s website. This fee is not a requirement in order for students to receive a Chromebook.
There is a Technology link in the navigation bar of our school website that provides resources related to the Chromebooks. We look forward to the continued support and collaboration throughout the district to provide digital tools and resources for our 21st century learners.
Written by: Carrie Mabry, Media Coordinator
Posted: Sep 04, 2013 by Carrie Mabry