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Lighthouse 1:1 Chromebook Program

Goff students using chromebooks in classEast 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.

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