The Auburn School Distict is making sure students and teachers are equipped with Chromebooks. COURTESY PHOTO

Hooked up: District provides take-home technology for secondary students | School briefs

  • Wed Sep 13th, 2017 3:45pm
  • News

Beginning this month, all Auburn School Distict students in grades 6-12 will have a Chromebook to use at school and at home.

Funded through the Auburn community’s support of the 2014 technology levy, students will access digital resources where and when they need them.

“Having these essential tools allows student to communicate readily with teachers and peers, collaborate for learning and take ownership of goals,” said Vicki Bates, assistant superintendent of technology.

The district has been preparing for 1:1 take-home technology since the levy passed in 2014. Wireless access points are installed in every building and the network has been significantly updated to handle the increase in devices.

All Auburn teachers received a Chromebook at the beginning of the 15-16 school year. Over the last two years, teachers have attended a variety of trainings to learn how to best use technology in the classroom. Teachers have been integrating technology applications into daily coursework. Each school has designated support staff to assist with technology in the classroom.

Chromebooks will be distributed during the first three weeks of school. The district created a responsibility manual and a low-cost coverage plan is available to protect the devices.

“This is an exciting time for Auburn students,” Bates said. “Having access to these technology tools levels the playing field so every student can access rich learning opportunities.”

For more information about the effort, visit auburn.wednet.edu/chromebooks.

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