5th Grade Parents/Guardians invited to May 21 Chromebook Information Night

Conversation is at Craig Elementary School from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 21

Dear 5th Grade Parents/Guardians:

You may be aware that the district is implementing a student technology initiative that will provide all incoming sixth grade students with a Chromebook beginning next fall. Please join us for an initial information sharing session about this initiative on Monday evening, May 21, at Craig Elementary School.

This conversation will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Craig. I will be joined by Edward Alston III from our district Technology Department.

The “1:1 technology” plan was developed by the district’s Instructional Technology Committee. It represents the continued evolution of the use of technology as a tool for learning, discovery and collaboration in our schools. We are very excited about this initiative.

We also recognize that parents/guardians may have questions about this plan, as well as ideas about the kinds of support students and families may need to make it is a success. On May 21, we will share a brief overview of the plan, but reserve most of the time for questions and conversations with you.

As you likely know, Chromebooks are laptop computers that runs the Google suite of programs, which enable word processing, document sharing, web research, presentation/video production and more. Middle school students use Chromebooks regularly in school, and this year we began to make them available to fifth grade classrooms.

The Instructional Technology Committee felt that this initiative represents a natural next step in our efforts to leverage technology as part of the learning process. It provides universal access on a common platform, yet in no way replaces time-tested instructional practices.

We hope you can join us on Monday, May 21. We will continue to keep you informed about this exciting initiative for our students.

Sincerely,

Lauren Gemmill
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction