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Chromebook rollout continues for students, teachers begin to use new technology.

Maverick juniors and seniors have received their Chromebooks so far; sophomores and freshmen will receive them this week at lunch. Permission Forms were sent home on the first day of school. Please look for the pastel orange paper. All forms are also available on our website. A $25 technology fee will be assessed, and can be paid by cash, check, or the online payment system. NO forms or money will be accepted while the first rollout is occurring. We will begin accepting forms and fees again for the second rollout next week.  After receiving their ChromeBooks, students will watch a required video and complete a Moodle module on internet safety and other protocol of the 1 to 1 initiative. We will designate a time during the school day for this to take place. Forms on our website: ChromeBook Information.    For more information, checkout this link: https://sites.google.com/a/ucps.k12.nc.us/chrome-cabinet/home?pli=1

From the Chromebook Cabinet site: “Union County will be adopting the Lenovo X131e Chromebook for all students in grades 6-12. This shift in computing devices will allow Union County Public Schools a unique opportunity to integrate computing technologies into the classroom throughout the district, giving all students in grades 6-12 equal access to current technology for "Anywhere, Anytime Learning". In addition, the implementation of the Chromebook will give students a consistent computing experience as they progress through middle and high school. While students will be outfitted with the Lenovo X131e Chromebook, all teachers will be issued a Lenovo X1 Thinkpad running Windows7 Enterprise, and they will have the most current versions of the software currently used in the classroom, including SmartNotebook 11 and the Microsoft Office Suite. While student and teacher platforms are different, the emphasis of Google Apps for Education and other Web 2.0 tools as a cloud-based instructional solution will allow students and faculty members to work in a parallel computing environment regardless of device. The uniformity of both student and teacher machines will help Union County Public Schools streamline classroom technology solutions, curriculum design, and professional development.” 

Written by: Beth Hamilton
Posted: Sep 08, 2013 by Beth Hamilton

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