BHS will go all in for technology in 2015-2016
The digital wave is upon us and Barberton High School students will have the opportunity to dive into technology-enhanced learning this fall. In accordance with our Five-Year Strategic Plan, the district has invested in Chromebooks, which are small, web-based laptop computers for student use. Each student who is at BHS full-time will be assigned a Chromebook during the school day for classroom assignments, e-book access and research.
The district has not purchased textbooks for many years because most were not aligned with the new Common Core Standards. Now, textbook companies are going digital, and there are many free resources that teachers and students can use on the Internet to support learning in all subjects. Because we have not spent textbook funds in recent years, we are able to purchase Chromebooks for each BHS student. We hope to supply the middle school and the elementary buildings with similar technology in the next few years.
Eventually, going digital will save the district money on print materials, and the educational resources will be updated on a yearly basis. Also, students love technology, and they tend to be more actively engaged in a lesson that involves digital learning.
Recent research found that 1:1 initiatives have improved math, science and language arts test scores, with the strongest results in writing and mathematics. (Warschauer and Tate. Educational Leadership, May, 2015, p. 60.) District administrators and teachers have been learning how best to use this technology with students and we have also contacted other school districts who have gone 1:1 with Chromebooks to learn what went well for them and what pitfalls to avoid as we begin the school year.
The Barberton Community Foundation has set up a fund to enable parents and community members to donate to the expansion of technology in the schools. All this technology will need to be eventually refreshed, so it is important for us to plan for the future. The BCF fund called TEACH (Technology Education Advancing Children’s Higher Achievement) has been established and donations are being accepted. This fund will solely benefit the ongoing purchases of technology for children in Barberton City Schools. For more information about the TEACH fund, contact the Foundation at 330-745-5995.
We are very excited to offer this opportunity to students and teachers, and we can’t wait to get the devices into all of our classrooms! - See more at: http://www.barbertonschools.org/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=6YP02AB&dasi=4GG3B#sthash.byGNdmnR.dpuf