The new devices will be checked out to students enrolled at Liberty Bell for use at home and school and will be returned to the school when each student is no longer enrolled as a Johnson City Schools student.
“The faculty and staff are excited for the opportunity to provide our students with their own Chromebooks for academic use,” Principal Donna Morgan said Wednesday. “As more and more of our work is completed in a blended, technology-rich environment, this learning tool is essential for each student at Liberty Bell and at Science Hill High School.”
A $20 user fee per student is required from each student to receive a Chromebook. This fee covers the receipt of the Chromebook, a charger, a protective carrying case and one incident of accidental damage. The devices will be distributed to students alphabetically.
Johnson City Schools Supervisor of Secondary and Instructional Technology David Timbs said the Chromebook deployment program was almost complete at Science Hill as of Wednesday.
“As of this week, we’ve distributed 2,050, and we hope to finish up our distribution at the high school this week. Now we’re moving on to Liberty Bell next week for the seventh- and eighth-graders,” he said. “This is a take-home program, so the students are actually taking the devices home with them every day.”
The Chromebooks issued to students are part of the district’s Digital Transformation Plan, which has worked for the past three years to efficiently utilize new technologies as educational tools for students and instructors.
“We have really worked hard with our teachers developing curriculum and making sure they know how to use these devices in the classroom. Now we are at the point to be able to give our students another tool provided by the system to enhance their learning, not only at school but outside of the classroom,” Timbs said.
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