Gloversville students to receive Chromebooks for academic use
Recognizing the important role technology plays in the modern educational process, the Gloversville Enlarged School District this year will provide Chromebook computers to all middle and high school students for use during the school day and at home.
The one-to-one computer initiative continues Gloversville’s commitment to expanding student access to technology throughout the district. During the past few years, teachers have begun integrating more digital learning tools into their curriculum, allowing students to communicate, create and collaborate electronically. Last year, the district piloted a Chromebook program with seventh-graders receiving the low-cost machines.
“There are still many students who don’t have their own computers at home to do school work. Now all our middle and high school students will have the same resources to help them achieve academically,” GESD Assistant Superintendent Steven Schloicka said.
With the Chromebooks, the district will also provide students access to district-managed Google accounts making email, online file storage and software such as Google Sheets, Forms and Docs available to students. Being on the same Google platform expands opportunities for student-to-student and teacher-student collaboration.
With Chromebooks available for secondary students, all students pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade now have a device available to them. At the elementary level, students do not take devices home with them, but iPads are available during the school day for each pre-k through second-grade student, and Chromebooks are available for students in grades 3-5.
“Providing access to current technology and tools is vital to student achievement,” Superintendent of School Michael Vanyo said. “Our teachers have been working hard to integrate technology into their instructional strategies, and the district will continue to provide the professional development needed to provide our students with a 21st learning experience.”
During the first week of school, secondary students will be assigned a Chromebook for academic use. Students will continue to use their assigned Chromebooks from year to year. The computers will be on a three-year replacement schedule, and families will be responsible for a $50 replacement fee if a computer is lost or damaged.
Captions: Top: One of the new Dell Chromebooks that will be distributed to students for school and home use during the first week of school. Bottom: All computers are etched with the Gloversville logo for easy identification.