The Orange City Schools 1:1 chromebook initiative began in the fall of 2013, for students in grades 3 and 6-8. Over the next few years the program was expanded to include all students in grades K-12.
What is a Chromebook?
According to PC Magazine, a chromebook is "A laptop that runs Google's Chrome operating system and Chrome Web browser. Providing a total Web-based operating environment, all applications are downloaded from the Web, and although an Internet connection is mandatory, some apps may run offline as well. Chromebooks boot up fast and require minimal user configuration. They also come with Google's office suite (see Google Docs). See Chrome OS and Chrome browser."
Why use chromebooks in education?
The first instructional game changer for our district was moving to Google Apps for Education in 2011. Moving to this platform provided a universal medium for increased communication and collaboration among staff and students. By the time we moved to a 1:1 chromebook program in 2013 our staff and students were well prepared to utilize tools necessary for college and career readiness.
With a 1:1 learning platform, students have even greater access to technology...To Learn. To Lead. To Make A Difference.TM
Advantages of a 1:1 Program!
There are numerous advantages to utilizing our chromebook 1:1 program including:
Students, grades K-12, take their chromebooks to and from home and are expected to bring their fully-charged chromebook to school each day.
Students in grades 6-12 are assessed an annual $30.00 Technology Fee that covers all accidental damage and repair.
Numerous resources are available for parents to support their child's learning at the Orange City Schools. Specifically, the resources listed below provide a starting point for understanding the tools and applications your child is using on a day-to-day basis.