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Cheshire Middle School Students to Get Chromebooks

The money for the new technology will come from a state grant.



The Cheshire Board of Education will use a $202,575 technology grant funds from the State Department of Education to purchase laptop computers for 7th and 8th grade students to support our work in transitioning to the Common Core State Standards and SMARTER Balanced (SBAC) assessments.  

This grant was part more than $24 million technology grant requests awarded last month to support more computers and increased Internet bandwidth aligned with efforts to transition to the Common Core State  Standards  and technology‐based  SMARTER  Balanced  assessments.    

The  State  Department  of Education received 128 applications in July 2013. Governor Malloy stated that all submitted applications will  receive  some funding  because  the  new  SMARTER  Balanced  assessment  system  will require increased computer access and upgraded technology.  

Cheshire Public Schools submitted the technology grant application to support increased student access to learning resources via a personal learning device. The new SBAC testing will require more class time in our existing computer labs. With lab time scheduled for SBAC assessments, students will have limited access to our labs as a learning and instructional resource.

All seventh and eighth grade students will receive Chromebooks to use throughout the school day in order to access the learning resources, Google Drive, and the Internet as needed in every class. Students at Dodd will no longer need to go to the computer lab for access; they will have technology at their fingertips.

Teachers will be able to plan and implement lessons which utilize online resources in a one‐to‐one computing environment and through the Google Drive system. The funding is anticipated to be in place for the computers by the end of next month, when a new Chromebook is expected to be released that is made specifically for students.  
Adam December 16, 2013 at 10:54 AM
Chromebooks got off to a rough start, but Google seems to have found the niche for them. Chromebooks are a good option for education, as they are easy to manage and use. And they boot up fast, so students don't have to wait for halfway through class for their laptop to be ready. But what about schools that use Windows applications? Or that access applications that require support for Java? This can be addressed with third-party solutions such as Ericom AccessNow, an HTML5 RDP solution that enables Chromebook users to connect to any RDP host, including Terminal Server and VDI virtual desktops, and run Windows applications or desktops in a browser tab. That means that you can open up an Internet Explorer session inside a Chrome browser tab, and then connect to the applications that require Java and run them on the Chromebook. It's also possible to run other Windows-based testing or educational applications. For more information about AccessNow for Chromebooks in Education, visit: http://www.ericom.com/Education-ChromebookRDPClient.asp?URL_ID=708 Please note that I work for Ericom

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