Chromebook Information

Introduction

Learning in the digital age is all about connecting, collaborating, and creating. Students in Gainesville City School System need to have access to technology that connects them with the world and allows them to create and collaborate as they learn. By providing Chromebooks, students will be able access resources when they need it, expanding learning opportunities. Providing each student with a device offers the opportunity to provide a high level of differentiation as Chromebooks provide a platform for personalized learning. Students will have ownership of learning as the device allows them to manage and engage in the content in ways that are not possible with standard books, paper, and pencils. Having access to a computer establishes a connection between students and curriculum materials that naturally makes accommodations for students in ways that traditional course materials cannot. Teachers will be able to help students develop higher order thinking skills through active engagement, collaboration, and immersion in real world scenarios that can only be achieved in 1:1 environments. GCSS’ mission statement is to INSPIRE, NURTURE, CHALLENGE, and PREPARE our students. We want our students to be ready for their next step in life, whether it is college, technical school, or the workforce. It is critical that they have access to digital age tools in order to graduate with the skills and experiences necessary to compete globally, think critically, and communicate effectively.

What is a Chromebook?

A Chromebook is a laptop device that operates on Google’s Chrome operating system. All applications run through the Internet, not through the hard drive of the computer. The Chromebook is an efficient and cost-effective way to get things done in and out of the classroom. Students have a Google account which allows them to use Google applications including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Google Forms. Most of the applications and documents are housed in the cloud within Google Drive. All applications and use of the Chromebooks are managed by the GCSS’s Department of Information Technology.

Chromebook Handbooks

Elementary School Chromebook Handbook
Middle and High School Chromebook Handbook

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