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Chromebooks and other Tech Tools - Student Use

In order to conform to state law mandates, the staff of Ute Meadows Elementary openly communicates which technology tools (software, apps, extensions etc.) are being used as learning tools by our students. 

Click here to see the most current list of tech tools we plan to use with students for the 2018-19 school year. Please contact Tom Gilgenbach, Digital Teacher Librarian, if you have further questions. 

Regarding the use of Chromebooks

The schools of the Chatfield area are committed to preparing students to be college and career ready - communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking skills are essential to thrive in the 21st century. That is why the area elementary and middle schools are joining the Chatfield Chromebook initiative, launched this year by Chatfield Senior High, to bring a 1-to-1 Chromebook learning environment to students in grades 2-12. Having ongoing access to technology will allow our students to consistently practice and apply those 21st-century skills, and prepare them for a variety of post-secondary options.

The initiative have begun at different grades at each school. For the 2018-19 school year, we are encouraging that all students entering 2nd and 5th grade at Ute Meadows Elementary purchase a Chromebook from the school to use for educational purposes at school and at home. Students who do not purchase a Chromebook will have Chromebooks available to check out; however, those Chromebooks may not be taken home.

The Chromebooks purchased by Ute Meadows students will be able to be used in future years at Deer Creek Middle School. As the classroom expands through the use of technology for communication, resources, online texts, and more, a compatible computing device at school is becoming an important learning tool.

A Chromebook is an inexpensive laptop with a long battery life that only requires simple maintenance and runs the Google Chrome operating system. They are ideal for use with the Jeffco Google domain, and work seamlessly with Google Classroom, the online portal used in all classes at Ute Meadows. Files are stored in the cloud so that students can access them anywhere from any device. We can provide consistent access, reliable connectivity, and valuable equity for all of our students with these devices.

The Chromebooks are Lenovo model 100e:

  • Basic clamshell (laptop) design with front facing camera. Rugged design with bumpers on the frame, reinforced 180 degree hinges, and a water resistant keyboard
  • Screen Size: 11.6” non-touch
  • Processor: Intel Celeron N3350/2.4 GHzD dual core
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Battery: up to 10 hours
  • Webcam: Yes, 720p
  • Estimated Jeffco Life Span: May 2024

Although many schools have implemented a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) program for several years, there are many advantages to moving to a 1-to-1 format:

  • All students will have access to a Chromebook in every class, not just some students or some classes
  • Chromebooks provide a consistent device for students and staff, eliminating the problems of multiple devices, platforms and applications across the classroom and school
  • Chromebooks will be able to access the faster internal network in each building, rather than the slower Guest or Instructional networks
  • Educational apps can be pushed out to all student devices by Jeffco, keeping devices up to date and maintaining a high level of security
  • Students can take online assessments, such as CMAS and MAP, on their device, which they are not able to do with BYOD technology
  • Students will keep the device over school breaks and summers, making learning a year-round activity
  • Students can personalize their device cover to make their Chromebook more easily identifiable
  • Chromebooks will have a Jeffco warranty and support, as well as functioning within the Jeffco Internet filter
  • Chromebooks will follow the students as they change schools in Jeffco, eliminating the need to purchase a new device when a student matriculates from elementary to middle or middle to high school
  • If a student graduates or moves to a school that is not a part of the Chromebook initiative, they may take the device with them 

In order to be successful, our students must be collaborators, problem solvers and deep thinkers in a world infused with technology. We are excited to bring this opportunity to Ute Meadows, and are already working to transform the learning environment to align with the skills students will need for a successful future.

 


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