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Department "Bits and Bites"

October 2019

1:1 Chromebooks in grades 5th-8th
Every student in grades 5 through 8 received a Chromebook. One to one means that each student in grades five through eight was issued a Chromebook to be used throughout the school day.  Chromebooks will stay at school and be locked in a cart at the end of each day. 

normal'> normal'>The goal of this program is to provide tools and resources for the 21st century learner.  This allows students to be involved in more engaging, meaningful, and effective learning experiences.  It is important to note that having the device does not mean that students will spend their entire school day looking at their Chromebook.  Chromebooks (and all technology) are part of the long list of resources District 33 teachers use to effectively educate children. More information can be found at http://www.wego33.org/11DeviceProgram.aspx.


Two additional Lead Teachers
The Tech Department has added two (2) lead teachers as part of the Tech Team. Familiar faces, Gustavo Rodriguez (previous worked at Indian Knoll) and Shannon Kennedy (previously worked at LMS) join Tom Boyk, Carol Barsotti, Taryn Tenhor, and Enda Kelly as Lead Teachers for the District. Currently, Enda, Gus and Shannon are working with middle school teachers to bring technology into the classroom. Tom, Carol and Taryn are at the elementary buildings providing instructional technology support where needed.

New laptops for teachers/New desktops for office staff
The Tech Department spent part of the summer getting new laptops ready to hand out to teachers at the beginning of the school year.

Along with laptops, the Tech Department also upgraded over 150 desktop computers for office staff, and 60 lab computers at the Middle School.

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