Chromebook initiative approved by board

Staff Report

A plan to equip Swanton students with Chromebooks was approved Wednesday by the board of education. However, it is not as extensive as first discussed.

By the fall of 2016, the 1:1 Initiative aims to have Chromebooks in the hands of each district student in grades 5-12. Younger students will use computers inside the classroom but they will not be taken home.

One to One (1:1) computing refers to issuing each enrolled student an electronic device to be used as the primary teaching and learning tool. Students and teachers alike will be encouraged to take their device home in order to complete research, lesson planning, and homework respectively.

The plan is for students in fifth grade and grades 9-12 to be issued Chromebooks by January 2016. The roll out should be completed in the fall of 2016.

Each year, the new fifth grade and ninth grade students will be issued new Chromebooks, under a four-year cycle. The retired Chromebooks will be issued for sale at a price to be determined based on the device’s market value to the exiting student to keep as their own. Those not purchased will be reused at the K-4 level until they are no longer compatible with the district’s needs.

Staff Report