Beginning in 2012, we implemented a student “One-2-One” computing initiative for Middle-School students.
What does “One-2-One” mean? Once computing device per student. This enables students to have access to online programs, email, homework assignments, multi-media content, and more – throughout the school day – not just during computer lab time.
Our first effort involved Windows laptops for students and teachers. Students began using Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010, and the Chrome Internet Browser to do their work in the classroom.
In 2016, student devices were upgraded to HP Chomebook Education units. Chromebooks are much lighter than laptops, they have longer battery life, and are virtually immune to viruses and malware. The HP Education Chromebooks have round rubber edges and scratch-resistant cases to make them durable and reliable.
In 2017 we began purchasing HP Chromebooks with touch-screens. These units are ideal for the youngest of our children as they learn to use the mouse and keyboard, but still intuitively like to use a touch-screen.
Our Chromebooks are managed with GoGuardian Chromebook Management Software (www.goguardian.com). GoGuardian allows teachers and school staff to monitor student Chromebooks are they are used, protect students from inappropriate content, and help students use Chromebooks more efficiently.
Chromebooks integrate seemlessly with Google Apps for Education (now called G-Suite), our school email and shared document system. With the aide of Google Classroom and G-Suite, student and teachers can communicate, share files, assign and complete homework assignments, and much more. No more can the dog be blamed for “eating the homework” because it’s all in the cloud!