Chromebooks & Google
With the introduction of Chromebooks in our classrooms, we have transformed teaching and learning in Region 14 by utilizing a device that encourages learning anytime, anywhere. The incorporation of Chromebooks challenges us to examine the changing roles of the teacher and student in our classrooms in a way that empowers and brings greater ownership to the learner.
Chromebooks rolled out to grades 2 through 12 in September of 2015. Kindergarten and grades 1 and 2 were been provided with Samsung Tablets for their classrooms in the winter of 2016.
Chromebook 1:1 Program
The focus of the Chromebook 1:1 Program in Regional School District 14 (R14) is to empower students to become fully active participants in the learning process. Through the Chromebook 1:1 Program initiative, students can acquire technological and critical thinking skills and will develop a sense of personal and social responsibility that will enable them to be successful in the world for which we are preparing them. Chromebooks transform teaching practices and encourage students to engage in problem‐based learning and help them to realize that teaching and learning can occur anytime, anyplace.
The Chromebook 1:1 Program facilitates:
- Access to digital educational resources
- Availability beyond the school day
- Individualized learning
- Creativity and innovation
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Communication and collaboration
- Technology literacy skills
- College and career readiness
Google Apps and Google Classroom
Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is an integrated communication and collaboration solution made up of a free suite of productivity tools including Gmail, Docs, and Drive. GAFE will provide the ability for R14 students, faculty and staff to communicate, store files and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in real time from anywhere.
Google Classroom is designed to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly, including time saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google document for each student. It also creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student to help keep everyone organized.
Students can keep track of what’s due on the Assignments page and begin working with just a click. Teachers can quickly see who has or hasn't completed the work, and provide direct, real‐time feedback and grades right in Classroom.
Parents are encouraged to explore Google Apps with their children by logging in together. You will be able to have your student log in to his or her R14 Google account and show you what they are currently working on in class, as well as items that have been “turned in” and commented on by the teacher.