One-to-One Junior High Chromebook Pilot Underway

One-to-One Junior High Chromebook Pilot Underway
Posted on 09/25/2018
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photo of students with their new chromebooksTo the delight of 2,579 Lakota students, the district’s one-to-one technology pilot is now up and running at all four junior schools.

Over the course of four days, district-owned Chromebooks were distributed to eager students ready to start using their devices. Under the guidance of their teachers and innovation specialists, students were given time to explore the features of their new learning tool.

Jennifer Neubarth, an innovation specialist at Ridge Junior School, said that the students were excited to get to know their Chromebooks. “These activities included logging into OneLogin, putting the hub pass on their favorites bar (and) looking over 'Sailing the C’s Modules' in Canvas - the handbook for the Chromebook where students can refer to when troubleshooting issues,” she said.

"The students also had exercises to help with organization such as “checking their Google Drive and OneDrive to ensure that they are organized with individual folders for each class to store documents and creating a digital citizenship meme,” Neubarth continued. “This was truly a special time for students to learn the ins and outs of their new devices and start thinking about how they can begin using the 4 Cs (communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking) in their own learning.”

Stirling Maas, an eighth-grader at Plains is looking forward to seeing how his teachers will incorporate the learning tool into class. “Once you think about how everything’s been modernized, instead of books it’s computers, it kind of makes sense that everything is just easier now. It’s technology!” Jillian Nowicki agrees. The seventh-grader at Plains is also hoping that her teachers will turn to online textbooks instead of traditional ones.

Part of Lakota’s "WE are Empowered" initiative, the one-to-one rollout is aimed to continue to enhance personalized learning for students. Innovative instructional content, increased collaboration and communication, along with new learning opportunities that will take place inside and outside of the traditional school day are just some of the benefits of this pilot program.

In Moriah Walker’s Media Design and Communication classes at Liberty Junior, students have jumped into collaboration with their Chromebooks. “They are able to give feedback in real time like they would in a professional setting,” said Moriah. “We are also using different software such as Google Drawings and WeVideo to create infographics, and edit photos and videos that they can share on their new blog sites,” she continued. The students are also learning about social media. “They used their Chromebooks to do research on a topic close to their hearts, and then were able to create their own Tweets that were shared to the world on their Twitter page @WalkerWizKids.”

Hopewell Junior Principal Jeff Rouff is excited to see his students embrace the pilot. “You can easily find students at lunch, after school in the hallway, or waiting for their ride home, opening up their laptop and getting a head start on their homework. They are accessing new resources that for some students, were not available to them previously.”

Rouff has also noticed the same feelings from his teaching staff. “Teachers have enjoyed the same renewed excitement. They are planning lessons not based on the availability of technology, but instead on what is in the best interest of student learning, and that learning can now happen at any place and any time. This is a great time to be in Lakota as both a teacher, and a student!”