November 16, 2016

Chromebooks in the Classroom

*** UPDATE ***

NEW FOR 2016-2017: WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT STUDENTS IN GRADES 4 AND 5

WILL ALSO HAVE INDIVIDUAL CHROMEBOOKS!

On a recent morning at St. Patrick’s School in Bedford, NY, middle school students in ELA class hung up their jackets and pulled out their chromebook studentbooks to begin the school day. But the tomes they opened on their desks to start their new vocabulary lesson were not made of ink and paper. Instead, the students unpacked new Chromebooks, which the school introduced into the classroom for all students in grades 6, 7 and 8 in fall of 2015, thanks to a technology grant from the Archdiocese.

“Each middle school student has received an individual Chromebook, which they carry with them from my class to the science lab to their social studies class … wherever they may be learning during the day,” explained Mrs. Sharyn O’Leary, school principal. “We have been experimenting with all the new learning applications available to us — including exciting presentation tools and note-taking apps — to differentiate and supplement our traditional classroom and homework experience.”

With the new Chromebooks, St. Patrick’s middle school students use the “Google Classroom” app to receive and submit assignments, take practice tests, share ideas and communicate with teachers and other students regarding schoolwork. They have easy access to word processors, presentation tools, and numerous educational applications. Students can also reference the internet for research and informational purposes. Additionally, while the Chromebooks remain at school at the end of the day, students can submit homework and continue to access the school day’s materials from home, thanks to working in “the Cloud.”

While enjoying all the benefits of the new technology, the school has managed to seamlessly incorporate it into the traditional classroom experience for which it is known — one that includes hands-on demonstrations, caring and effective teaching, and one-on-one instruction.

“The new Chromebooks offer exciting ways to use technology in the classroom, and help us to meet the demands of the middle school curriculum,” said Mrs. O’ Leary. “While they don’t replace the supportive faculty and the experiences our teachers bring to their classrooms, we believe the Chromebooks will be a fundamental add-on in the organizational and academic support for our students, and in preparing them for high school — where many of these tools are already being incorporated — and beyond.”