What is a Chromebook?
Chromebooks are simplified laptops running the Google Chrome Operating System. They are integrated into our Google Apps for Education infrastructure. A Chromebook can be used for Internet activity, editing documents, advanced calculator, audio and video recording, and more while booting up in under 10 seconds and being easy to use. More information: Wikipedia
Why Chromebooks in Perry Township?
We have found Chromebooks to be an outstanding value product that are available for as low as $200 each. For that, our students receive a speedy, full-function device that is easily managed with our Google Apps for Education system. Through a broad-based examination with many parties involved we have found them to be the absolute sweet spot for our needs in many cases.
Where does Perry Township have Chromebooks Today?
We currently have a pilot of over 900 Samsung Chromebooks in the hands of high school students participating in our blended learning classes. Those students keep the device with them throughout the semester in classes and at home.
What is Next for Chromebooks in Perry Township?
Southport High School is exploring becoming a 1:1 Chromebook school as soon as next school year. That goal would put a common learning tool in the hands of every student. Between the device and the building’s rich commitment to curriculum development, they are truly looking to be a leader in the field and to build future leaders in the world they live. We are excitedly exploring this potential.
How Would Student’s Obtain Chromebooks for 1:1?
The District and SHS are currently exploring a number of options. Most notably we are looking at the potential for families to purchase their own Chromebook with no restrictions that could be used by their student for years to come. Other options are also being looked at including rental, in-building checkout, and other financial assistance.
Would Families Only be able to use Chromebooks Purchased through Perry Township for 1:1?
We would welcome all Chromebooks into the fold. A family would be welcome to purchase a device from Amazon or Best Buy. Our goal is the common platform of a Chromebook to create a common teaching environment for us all to grow with.
Is a Chromebook a Chromebook?
There are a variety of different companies that make Chromebooks. The common element is that they all run Google Chrome OS. Any of the devices provide a common platform for students and teachers. Chromebooks can be purchase anywhere from $200 on up and all have the same platform. More information: Chromebooks