The Lighthouse 1:1 Program puts a Google Chromebook in the hands of every student in grades 3-12.
Having Chromebooks for each student, rather than the old model of sharing Chromebook carts throughout the schools or reserving time in a computer lab, 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 were able to bring their Chromebooks home to complete homework and other school projects. They are required to bring them to school each day.
Students in grades 3-5 make use of their own dedicated Chromebook computer in their classrooms. The devices remain at school and are 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 created this program 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.
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