1:1 Chromebook Initiative

The Marysville School District has begun a one-to-one initiative during October that will put a Chromebook computer in the hands of more than 5,500 students in grades 6 through 12. The devices are funded by a technology levy approved by district voters in 2014. “We are thrilled about the limitless learning possibilities using Chromebooks,” said Marysville School District Superintendent Becky Berg. “With the support of our Marysville and Tulalip communities, we are investing in the technological tools of today that will help our students become tomorrow’s leaders.”
 
The devices, Berg said, will be distributed with hopes of helping the district’s students achieve more academically, perform better on standardized tests and be in a better position when it comes to being 21st century learners. “Technology continues to change rapidly,” Berg said. “We are equipping our students to be active, contributing citizens in a digital world.”
 
Preparations for the Chromebook initiative began with last year’s upgrade of the district’s wireless Internet infrastructure. MSD partnered with a local Marysville company, Advanced Classroom Technologies, to install more than 60 miles of network cabling. The system went live in March 2015, and now all district facilities also have Wi-Fi available to the community during non-school hours.
 
The shift to one-to-one for Marysville is significant for teachers and students alike, said Scott Beebe, Chief Technology Officer for the district. “The district’s one-to-one plan involves much more than just distribution of a device to students,” Beebe said. “We have defined a professional course of study for teachers in our district to provide the knowledge and skills to take full advantage of connected classrooms and connected students.” The first group of teachers began the multi-year professional development training in August, and the next group begins in October. Staff professional development will focus on learning to design lessons that not only empower and engage students in compelling work, but also leverage the power of technology to connect people and ideas, Beebe said.
 
Students will be allowed to take and use the devices at home following the school day and use them on home or public Internet connections. Even if they’re used outside of the district, the devices will have built-in content filtering as required by law. “We’re making great progress in many areas in this district, and I’m proud of that,” Superintendent Berg said. “We’ll make needed adjustments along the way, but this initiative is another major step in making our schools great places for great learning to occur. I am confident we’ll see positive results for our students.”
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