POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant School District is preparing to launch a 1:1 Chromebook initiative for the coming school year to support student learning and development in and out of the classroom.
“Over the past year we have had the opportunity to utilize multiple grant monies from various state and federal programs that support school districts and one of the things we are looking to do is to create the 1:1 Chromebook initiative going into the 2021-2022 school year,” Superintendent Vincent S. Smith told the district board of education at its May 10 meeting.
“In my report I outline the inventory of our current supply and using that inventory of our current supply we would need to purchase 1,000 more Chromebooks in order to accomplish that.”
Mr. Smith spoke further about how the initiative is expected to work for students.
“Students grades six through 12 will receive the newer Chromebooks and the Chromebooks will be given to the students to be used at school and at home,” Mr. Smith said. “They’ll be responsible for bringing them back and forth.
“The remaining units … will be brought down to the elementary [schools] and the teachers will be able to have their own carts in their classrooms. We are not going to allow the young guys to go back and forth [with them]. They will be kept in the carts and they’ll be able to use them at school when they are there.”
Director of Curriculum and Instruction Susan Ladd spoke about how the initiative will support student learning and development.
“Over the past several years, we have made a commitment to increase our existing inventory of the Chromebooks for students, while still maintaining our current supply,” she told The Ocean Star.
“Thanks to the different grant monies that have been provided to districts to support learning loss and other pandemic related expenses, we have been able to purchase additional Chromebooks for our students.
“We are excited to get back to our normal routines in schools, but know that so many of the technology applications utilized during the hybrid and remote learning environments are valuable tools that our teachers and students will continue using. Being able to provide all of our students their own Chromebook will allow teachers more flexibility in their planning.”
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