Central Valley School District has taken a big step in its plan to move learning into the 21st Century. Every student at Central Valley Academy and Jarvis Middle School now has his or her personal Chromebook.
“Central Valley is one of the few districts in the region to offer this opportunity to so many students. Our secondary schools are now one-to-one, one device for each student,” said Superintendent Rich Hughes.
Dr. Hughes said the devices are not for fun or show; they are powerful learning tools.
“This is an investment in learning,” he said.
“Technology is an integral part of college, the workplace, and our personal lives. Our students now have real-world tools to explore our past, present, and future. When they graduate, we want them to know how to find relevant information, analyze it, and develop thoughtful conclusions. We call that the ability to think critically.”
He said the Chromebooks also raise student expectations and accountability.
At CVA, each physical education class traveled to the large group instruction room, where staff distributed a Chromebook and charger to each student. School administrators and staff made sure students accurately set up their devices.
At Jarvis Middle School, students sign out their Chromebooks each morning and sign them back in at the end of each day.
Most students are excited to have state-of-the-art technology in their hands.
“I asked a young man what he thought of the Chromebook. He thought it was great, but added that he no longer had an excuse for not learning,” Dr. Hughes said.
What is a Chromebook?
A Chromebook is an electronic device that connects to the Internet. It can do most of the things a computer can, but it doesn’t store its programs and files. Instead, it accesses them in the “Cloud.”
Who has a Chromebook?
Every student in grades 5-8 has a Chromebook to use in school. Every student in grades 9-12 has a Chromebook to use in school and take home.
How will students use their Chromebooks?
- They will access content on the Internet (a teacher’s recorded lesson, class quiz, etc.) in school using the district’s WiFi.
- They will create and store projects and homework in the Cloud (no more lost papers).
- They will collaborate on class projects using the Google Classroom applications.
- They will message their teachers at any hour (don’t have to wait for class)
How does this technology affect learning?
Chromebooks allow teachers to abandon the old “one-size-fits-all” classroom. Instead, they engage students through the four stages of personalized instruction:
- “I do”—The teacher models and lectures,
- “We all do”—The teacher guides students through practice,
- “You all do”—Students collaborate with teacher oversight, and
- “You do”—Each student researches and works independently.
Teachers can teach, monitor student progress, and provide extra help to those who may need it.
What happens in the younger grades?
Students in grades PK-4 have roughly one personal device (iPad or Chromebook) for every two students—currently enough for teachers to do anything they need in the classroom. Students learn to properly use and care for the devices and then begin to use them in progressively more difficult tasks.