On Monday, January 14, the excitement was high as we initiated our one-to-one Chromebook program with our sixth grade students. Each sixth grade student has been issued a sleek new Google Chromebook laptop device to utilize as an integral tool for learning throughout the day. The data generated by the sixth grade pilot of a one-to-one Chromebook environment will be utilized in the further development of New Hope’s instructional technology program.
The instructional technology team evaluated many of the available devices utilized in educational programs across the nation. After exploring the many options available, we believe that the Google Chromebook is a device uniquely suited for the demands of our educational community and will enhance teaching, learning, and discipleship at New Hope. Each sixth grade student has also been issued a Google Apps for Education account through New Hope’s domain which will provide students with the ability to continue working on school assignments from any computer with Internet access. Students will be able to create documents, spreadsheets, presentations and even electronic portfolios to showcase their learning through their Google Apps for Education account.
Students jumped right into learning about how to utilize both the Chromebook and their Google Apps account today, learning to create and share folders and documents. Students also began to work collaboratively in Google Docs, creating study materials for an upcoming Social Studies test. In the near future, students will learn to create mind maps, comic strips, podcasts, and begin to utilize other specialized apps for learning. Increased intentional integration of technology across the curriculum will create additional opportunities for New Hope students to think critically and creatively while preparing them to be leaders in an increasingly digital world.