Buckeye Central recently purchased 125 Chromebooks for student use. These laptop computers, which run on the Chrome operating system, are primarily used while connected to the internet, as most everything is “in the cloud”. While this might seem foolish or “foggy” to some, it is the way computer technology has evolved and what our students will be expected to use in college or their career. It is an exciting addition to the other great things waiting to happen in the classrooms for 2014-15!
Though the Chromebooks are new, using technology is not. Buckeye Central teachers and students have been working to use technology in the classroom to further personalized learning in the elementary, check student knowledge and understanding in the middle school and prepare high school students for the real world path they choose. iPads, netbooks, laptops, as well as desktops and personal communication devices are all commonly used at BC. The addition of these Chromebooks will complement existing learning, open new doors and broaden the technology access to more students during more of the school day.
The Chromebooks will be housed on portable carts that can be moved and shared amongst the classrooms. Carts will be located in each wing for all K-12 students to use. Funding for the purchase of the carts and Chromebooks came from the technology budget for 2014-15, a one-time Medicaid billing corrections payment and higher than planned revenue from the state foundation and income tax. This investment in new technology for the students is another positive thing happening at Buckeye Central this year!
If you’d like to learn more about the new Chromebooks or other positive things at BC, please contact Superintendent Mark Robinson at (419) 492-2864 or firstname.lastname@example.org.