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Darien Board of Education approves 3-year technology plan

Mar 02, 2017 11:59AM ● By Ben Scott

Darien School District #61 is pleased to share information on an exciting learning opportunity that will transform the way our teachers teach and our students learn. The district will implement a gradual roll out of Chromebooks to move toward a 1:1 program for all 3–8th grade students. The term 1:1 (one-to-one) refers to having one computing device per student. The thin, lightweight Chromebooks use Internet-based programs instead of traditional computer software.

Beginning with the 2017–18 school year, each 3rd and 6th grader will receive a Chromebook and bag to bring back and forth to school and retain for a three year cycle. By the 2019–2020 school year, each student in grades 3–8 will have a Chromebook.

These Chromebooks will help leverage internet resources and the Google Suite tools providing 21st century learning experiences in creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.

Students and staff already use Google’s Suite of educational products, which are easily accessible on these low cost devices.

Additionally, tablets and touch screen Chromebooks will be brought into Mark DeLay school for the K–2 students to share.

District 61 staff members have taken steps to prepare for this movement with network upgrades and ongoing staff development. All staff has been encouraged to complete Google Certified Educator Training in the spring of 2017.

This learning initiative is not about the technology. It is about enhancing the teaching and learning experience for our students. The district is very excited to offer this kind of learning environment to the students. A quick overview can be found at: