Umatilla High and Eustis High students to get Chromebooks in January
TAVARES – Lake County Schools is excited to announce that students at Umatilla High School and Eustis High School are next in line to receive Google Chromebooks as part of our Digital Discovery School Project. Distribution will begin in January. This follows the deployment of more than 2,400 devices at Tavares High School and Mount Dora High School (pictured) earlier this year.
As the district works to bring authentic literacy experiences into the classroom, the expansion of student technology directly supports the instructional goals of the district. We are using Google Apps for Education (G-Suite) as well as the Chromebook to provide teachers with tools to leverage technology and deliver lessons that center around reading, writing, thinking and talking.
In September 2017, the district used 300 Chromebooks as a test case to determine feasibility. Today, we have 13,000 Chromebooks being used in classrooms or ordered for delivery in the next couple of months.
The Information and Instructional Technology team has placed a strong emphasis on assisting teachers with the transition to using these digital tools to support instruction. An online course in which teachers can obtain a certification from Google, school-based trainings, and other in-service opportunities have been offered and well attended.
Part of what makes the project sustainable and ensures safe online access is a $32.00 per year technology fee paid by each student who is issued a Chromebook device. This technology fee, which comes out to about 19 cents a day, includes a filtering solution that blocks objectionable material whether the device is used at school or at home. Schools that launch midyear will have the fee prorated to $16.00 for the initial year and $32.00 the following year. A waiver for the technology fee is available for students who require financial assistance.
The district’s goal is to provide Chromebook devices to every student in grades 3-12 over the next five years and increase the number of devices available for use to students in kindergarten through second grade. This is all part of Lake County Schools’ Instructional Technology Roadmap that outlines the district’s vision for the next five years.