Fifth Grade Chromebook Rollout
On October 29th, 2018, the Cortland Enlarged City School District started the introduction of the next generation of computers (chromebooks) to the fifth graders at Randall. District personnel in the Information Technology Department and the District Instructional Technology Integration Specialist visited the two fifth grade classrooms at Randall to give a general overview of the devices and to teach a lesson using the ISTE (International Society for Technology Education) student standards.
Fifth grade teacher, Julie Terwilliger said, “I am excited to use these devices with my students. We have been using the G Suite for education apps and are very familiar with using Chrome as our browser. Using the chromebooks will streamline students workflow and will allow students to save directly to their Google Drive.”
Denise Fox, District Information Systems Administrator said, “This is an exciting time for students and our district. We have been preparing for the rollout of these devices through piloting. Our Technology Planning Committee has used thoughtful planning to make decisions and discuss what the best options are. We picked the fifth grade to start with and will expand the chromebooks to fourth and sixth grade students this winter.”
Jackson Marks, a student in Julie Pace’s class said “the chromebooks are easy to use and start up fast. They are also smaller and lighter to carry than the old computers.”
The chromebook rollout will continue with Smith, Virgil and Barry coming up in the next two weeks. All classrooms will receive the same lesson to introduce and go over how to use the chromebook. By mid November, every fifth grade classroom will have the new, brigy, touchscreen chromebooks!