East Greenbush Central School District is launching an exciting new program that will put a Google Chromebook in the hands of every student in grades 3-12.
Having Chromebooks for each student, rather than the current sharing of Chromebook carts throughout the schools, will improve access to technology and allow them to:
- perform research using the internet
- use Google products such as Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, G-Mail and Drawing
- use Google Classroom to share documents with teachers and classmates
- follow teacher lessons as they are being taught in class
- develop digital portfolios and 21st century skills
- learn digital citizenship
Beginning in September 2018, students in grades 6-12 will be able to bring their Chromebooks home to complete homework and other school projects. They will be required to bring them to school each day.
Students in grades 3-5 will make use of their own dedicated Chromebook computer in their classrooms. The devices will stay at school and be ready every day for student use.
“These devices will be used to support both teaching and learning,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction James McHugh. “This will allow educators the ability to infuse technology into their classrooms by enhancing learning experiences, expanding upon instructional resources and increasing student engagement and motivation. These devices lend themselves to new opportunities and increased productivity.”
The district will provide each student with a Chromebook through Smart School state funding that was approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). The district was allocated $2,312,974 in state funding after the Smart Schools Bond Act was approved in a state-wide election.
In preparation for the new school year, the district will hold a series of “Kick-Off Meetings” for students entering grades 6-12 and their parents in August to discuss expectations and responsibilities of the program and how they relate to the East Greenbush Central School District’s Code of Conduct. During these mandatory meetings, the Chromebook devices, power cords and protective sleeves will be distributed to students. Parents should bring valid picture ID to the event.
If you are unable to attend your assigned night, please email Director of Technology Peter Goodwin at firstname.lastname@example.org with the date that you will be able to attend. If at all possible, please try to attend the night scheduled for your child’s grade. If you have more than one child enrolled in the district, then select one night and email that to Mr. Goodwin. All meetings are scheduled for the Columbia High School Auditorium.
|Kick-Off Meeting Date||Grade Level||Last Name Begins With||Time to Arrive|
|August 1||11||A-K||5:30 p.m.|
|August 1||11||L-Z||6:30 p.m.|
|August 2||12||A-K||5:30 p.m.|
|August 2||12||L-Z||6:30 p.m.|
|August 7||6||A-L||5:30 p.m.|
|August 7||6||M-Z||6:30 p.m.|
|August 8||7||A-K||5:30 p.m.|
|August 8||7||L-Z||6:30 p.m.|
|August 9||8||A-K||5:30 p.m.|
|August 9||8||L-Z||6:30 p.m.|
|August 21||9||A-K||5:30 p.m.|
|August 21||9||L-Z||6:30 p.m.|
|August 22||10||A-K||5:30 p.m.|
|August 22||10||L-Z||6:30 p.m.|
Chromebook Maintenance Program
East Greenbush Central School District is offering an optional Chromebook Maintenance Program via myschoolbucks.com. A one-time $26 fee will cover repairs for accidental breaks of the chromebook for its 3-year expected life. Repairs are free for up to two accidental instances through this program. Families may purchase the optional Chromebook Maintenance Program no later than September 30, 2018.
- Directions for Chromebook Maintenance Program
- Free Wifi Map
- Lighthouse 1:1 Chromebook Program Handbook
- Technology Plan
- FAQ: Lighthouse 1:1 Chromebook Program