The New Richmond Exempted Village School District is well on
its way to becoming a fully digital school district with the addition of 450
Chromebook laptops for 2015-2016 school year.
"It is a part of our strategic plan to 'provide high
quality instruction' and to 'cultivate knowledge networks to become college and
career ready,'" said NREVSD Supt Adam Bird. "Our students are growing
up in a digital age and our students deserve the best resources that we can
provide for them."
|New Richmond High School senior Brianna Gonzalez uses a Chromebook while studying in the high school media center.|
New Richmond started buying Chromebooks (which cost
one-fourth of the price of a desktop computer-monitor combination) prior to the
2014-15 school year when the majority of the district’s aging PCs needed upgrading.
Chromebooks range in price between $150 and $225 which is less than half the
price of an Apple iPad, plus they have keyboards and touchpads which are
critical for use in courses and assessments that require composition.
New Richmond’s Chromebook program targets grades 3-8 due to
newly adopted curriculum requirements for those grade levels in Science and
Social Studies and for mandated online assessments.
"We're excited that our entire Middle School will now
be 1:1 with students (404) and devices (Chromebooks) beginning in 2015-2016 and
approaching 1-1 for grades 3-8 (1132 students),” said NREVSD technology director
Matt Prichard. "Adding these new Chromebooks presents a wonderful
opportunity for our students and teachers to align daily curriculum and lessons
with technology use in the classroom daily."
|New Richmond Middle School now has a 1-1 ratio of Chromebooks to students.|
Chromebooks are inexpensive laptop computers running
Google’s Chrome operating system that offer a quality and inexpensive technology
option for schools by providing cloud computing, portability, long battery
life, centralized management with no software charges. Chromebooks run Google
Apps for Education which gives the district the benefit of Google Docs, Gmail,
Google Calendar, Blogger, Sites, and much more, all for no cost to the
“We have migrated to Google Apps for Education so we already
receive the wonderful benefit of Google Docs, Gmail, Google Calendar, Blogger,
Sites, and much more, all for no cost,” said Prichard.
The additional Chromebooks bring the district’s total to
1450 and allowed the transfer of enough iPads to grades K-2 to achieve a 1-1
ratio of devices to students (577).
lead to less ‘listen-to-me’ lecturing and more active student involvement in
“Three of the four recent textbook and program adoptions
utilize Chromebooks in the classroom nearly every day,” said John Frye,
district director of pupil and staff services. “The recent HMH Science Fusion
program that will be implemented in grades 3-8 uses Chromebooks to conduct
“virtual labs” for students.”
independently or in partners in the virtual labs, conducting experiments in a
virtual environment with all of the same expectations for scientific
application that their parents experienced in senior high school science
“Math Expressions K-5, Math Innovations 6-8, Teach Ohio
(social studies) all have virtual applications for students and teachers to
assign and collect homework, assessments and daily record keeping,” said Frye. “This
generation of students certainly will have many, many opportunities to learn
and demonstrate their technological prowess in the learning in our school
While New Richmond High School isn’t near a 1-1 ratio of
devices-to-students, students are permitted to bring their own computer devices
(cell phones are banned).
“One of the most amazing things to me is that Chromebooks
are now as affordable to the school district and families as graphing
calculators are,” noted Frye. “For about $150 per unit, students can
access the internet and use the device as a productivity and learning tool
through Google applications.”