Ohio Schools Increase Chromebook Count
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Almost 500 new Chromebooks have been acquired by an Ohio district specifically for use by students in grades 3-5. The purchase by the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District aligns with a goal in the school system's strategic plan to "enhance current educational practices" by supporting "teachers and staff in acquiring additional resources for their classrooms."
This isn't the first round of Chromebook purchases. The district originally deployed several carts of Dell and Acer Chromebooks in its high school for evaluation. According to local media coverage, those devices have been passed "down" to elementary school students; the high schoolers and middle school students are now using Apple iPads and MacBooks.
The district is implementing Google Classroom, a learning management system from the company, along with Google Apps for Education and Google Drive. Those are both online applications that allow students to access assignments from any computer inside or outside the classroom.
The district worked with Epiphany Management Group, an Akron school technology consultancy, on the acquisition.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.