|The new Chromebooks for grades 2-6!|
Our elementary school has been blessed to be 1:1 with computers in the classrooms for the past 4 years. However, during the past three years, students and teachers have been "making due" with Macbooks, which were purchased for our high school/middle school kids over eight years ago. In the world of technology, eight years is a VERY long time. And not only were those machines getting old, they also had experienced 8 years of extensive use. The Macbooks served our District extremely well; however, they were breaking down, and it was becoming extremely difficult to provide a working laptop to all students. That has all changed this year!
This transition began last year as it became evident the old equipment was breaking down quickly. So teachers and administrators began to discuss what technology fit our elementary's needs. We have found many of our youngest learners, specifically kindergarten and first graders, lack the fine motor skills that working a keyboard and trackpad demand. This is why our iPads were such a great fit at these levels. Thus, for these grade levels, our District purchased touchscreen Chromebooks. This nifty machine has a full keyboard, and this keyboard can flip behind the screen so that it can function as a touchscreen tablet as well. We feel this computer will be a good fit for our young ones.
|2nd graders begin Chromebook training!|
Training to use the new computers has already begun. After teaching students for six hours on Tuesday, elementary faculty spent the next two hours in a training session learning how to use their Chromebooks effectively. On Thursday, teacher instruction complete, K-6 Instructional/Technology Coach Cathy Stakey began training the students, showing them how to log in, pin important apps to the shelf, and bookmark frequently used websites. Luckily, our students have established a strong base of computer skills over the past three years, and these skills carry over beautifully to the new Chromebooks. They were able to jump right in and adapt to the changes quickly. Being able to adjust to new technology is now a life skill, for the digital world is always moving and always changing, and South Hamilton students are learning to adapt to different challenges technology brings to them. South Hamilton is committed to prepare students for their future and so technology must be a part of their education.
We are so glad to be back to work for the 2016-2017 school year, and we are thrilled to have you here reading about us. Stay tuned: there will be many more blogs about what is happening in our hallways. We look forward to sharing our world with you. You can follow us on Facebook at South Hamilton Community Schools, and/or on Twitter @shcsd and #shhawks. See you next week!