Lee’s Summit R-7 students will continue to benefit from the school district’s approximately two-year-old Google Chromebooks initiative.
By fall 2014, a total of 7,000 Google Chromebooks will have been placed within the district’s elementary, middle and high schools.
During the 2012-13 year, students and teachers began using the Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education to enhance day-to-day classroom instruction and improve student achievement.
Instructors use the devices and apps for instruction and to collaborate with co-workers, sharing successful teaching strategies and lesson plans. The devices are located on charging carts within schools and may be checked out by individual teachers.
During summer 2014, R-7 School District technology staff members are receiving and placing approximately 3,000 additional Chromebooks in schools.
The Chromebook initiative has received support from the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation which has provided approximately 20 percent towards the funding of the 7,000 Chromebooks over the past few years. In addition, several parent organizations have raised money for the technology initiative, further supplementing the Lee’s Summit R-7 budgeted funds.
The Google Chromebooks have a number of advantages. Students are able to easily share documents with teachers and with other students working together on group projects. Teachers use the Google Chromebooks and apps to collaborate about specific students and classroom activities and to share lesson plans and other good ideas.
The Google Chromebooks were also used during student assessments at the school level and as part of state-mandated testing.
The Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation will soon be launching its 2014-15 annual fund drive, and a total of $120,000 toward the purchase of additional Google Chromebooks and charging carts are included.
For information about donating to this campaign, visit www.lsedfoundation.com/.