Our lower school has just purchased 32 new laptops and 86 Chromebooks! 5th grade teacher Brandies Hayes explains that more computers can support small group work (some students use online education programs and applications while others receive classroom instruction on a specific issue) as well as significantly streamline in-class collaborations like the 5th grade’s Project Citizen projects and group presentations. The fact that upper elementary grade classrooms no longer have to share one aging computer cart is “huge,” she emphasizes. “At this point, this is the most technology we’ve ever had. We’re setting up structures for how to share and be responsible for it and planning for additional professional development in January.”
The new computers join 106 laptops (90 for students and 16 for staff) and 12 SMART Boards installed at our middle school this fall thanks to our win in Council Member Steve Levin’s 2013 participatory budgeting process.